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Ferry from Wellington to Picton

Depending on the season their are usually 6 daily and 43 weekly sailings between Wellington and Picton. 2 ferry operators sail between Wellington to Picton, these include Bluebridge & Interislander. Wellington Picton Ferry timetables change seasonally, use our Deal Finder to get the latest pricing and availability for your ferry trip.

Wellington to Picton Ferry Times

The earliest ferry from Wellington to Picton typically departs Wellington at about 02:00. The average sailing time of a Wellington Picton ferry is approximately 3h 28m and the fastest sailing time is approximately 3h 15m.

Wellington Picton Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for Wellington Picton ferries typically range between €62* and €329*. The average price is around €198*. The cheapest ferry prices from Wellington to Picton start from €28*. The average price for a foot passenger is €95*. The average price for a car ferry is €222*.

Pricing will vary by season and depend on the number of passengers, vehicle type and sailing time.

What is the distance between Wellington and Picton?

The distance between Wellington to Picton is approximately 53.9 miles (86.8km), or 46.9 nautical miles.

Is there a Wellington Picton car ferry?

Yes, Bluebridge, Interislander offer a car ferry from Wellington to Picton. Use our Deal Finder to get live pricing for car ferries between Wellington and Picton.

Are foot passengers allowed on the Wellington Picton ferry?

Yes, foot passengers can travel on ferries from Wellington to Picton with Bluebridge, Interislander.

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Wellington - Picton Route summary
Departure Country New Zealand
Destination Country New Zealand
No. of Operators 2
Operators Bluebridge & Interislander
Average Price 251 €*
Average Daily Sailings 6
Average Weekly Sailings 43
Average Sailing Duration 3h 28m
Fastest Sailing Duration 3h 15m
First Ferry 02:00
Last Ferry 20:30
Distance 46 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-04-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Wellington to Picton?

The approximate duration for ferries from Wellington to Picton is 3h 22m. Durations can vary by operator and season.

How much is the ferry from Wellington to Picton?

Wellington to Picton is approximately 231 €. We recommended booking in advance for the best price and availability. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Wellington to Picton?

2 popular ferry companies travel from Wellington to Picton. These ferry companies are
  • Interislander
  • Bluebridge

How can I book ferry tickets from Wellington to Picton?

Book Wellington to Picton tickets through our deal finder, where you can view the latest prices and schedules.

Can you travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Wellington to Picton?

Yes, foot passengers are allowed onboard the ferries from Wellington to Picton with
  • Interislander
  • Bluebridge

Can you take your car on the ferry from Wellington to Picton?

Yes, you can travel with a car from Wellington to Picton with the following operators
  • Interislander
  • Bluebridge

Can you bring pets on the ferry from Wellington to Picton?

Yes, passengers are allowed to bring their pets onboard the ferry. Please ensure you read all the information around pet travel from the operator you decide to travel with. The following operators currently allow pets on their ferries
  • Interislander
  • Bluebridge

How far is Picton from Wellington?

Wellington to Picton is approximately 46 nautical miles distance apart.

Wellington Picton Ferry reviews

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    Staff very friendly and welcoming. Ship really clean. Arrived on board and shown to premium class lounge which we didn't know we had booked. Free breakfast and then morning tea with pastries, sandwiches and drinks. Well worth the money. Loved it. Was a little late on arrival nut weather wasn't great.

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Wellington Guide

The city of Wellington is New Zealand's capital city and is located on the south west tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. It is the North Island's major population centre and is also the world's most southerly capital city. The city takes its name from Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington and victor of the Battle of Waterloo. His title comes from the town of Wellington in the English county of Somerset. The city is a popular tourist destination, as visitors flock there to take in its natural splendour, with its picturesque harbour and green hills, populated with colonial villas. The city's business centre is located close to Lambton Harbour, part of Wellington Harbour, and lies along a geological fault which can clearly be seen along its western shoreline. Many of the city's suburbs are high above the city centre and popular attractions include the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Wellington Zoo, and the Zealandia and Wellington Cable Car.

Wellington is the North Island port for ferries to Picton on the South Island. Local ferries also connect Wellington city centre with Eastbourne, Seatoun and Petone.

Picton Guide

Picton is a seaside town on New Zealand's south island and sits at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound in the beautiful Marlborough Sound and is regarded as one of New Zealand's prettiest towns. The town is popular with visitors from across the world who go there to enjoy its wonderful coastline, it has around 20% of New Zealand's coastline at its door, and to enjoy the best climate in New Zealand.

Being located on Marlborough Sound gives the town a relaxed atmosphere and is characterised by secluded bays and lovely clear waters. The view from the town's waterfront is perhaps one of the world's finest views and bears testament to the importance of the water and of boats to the town. Regular boat trips from Picton’s waterfront jetties take visitors to stunning locations throughout Queen Charlotte Sound.

Inter-island ferries to and from Wellington arrive and depart from Picton via Marlborough Sound. Most of the sheltered part of the route is through Tory Channel, south of Arapawa Island. The township of Waikawa is a couple of minutes drive from Picton and is home to one of the largest marinas in New Zealand.

Wellington to Picton Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 10/06/2024 and 16/06/2024

Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Bluebridge 02:00 05:30 3 hours 30 minutes Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Interislander 05:30 09:45 4 hours 15 minutes Mon
Bluebridge 08:15 11:45 3 hours 30 minutes Everyday
Interislander 08:45 12:15 3 hours 30 minutes Everyday
Bluebridge 13:30 17:00 3 hours 30 minutes Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Interislander 16:30 20:45 4 hours 15 minutes Everyday
Bluebridge 20:30 23:45 3 hours 15 minutes Everyday
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