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The Interislander Ferry


The Interislander Cook Strait ferry operates three ferries and usually six sailings a day from Wellington and five from Picton. The journey takes about 3 hours and 10 minutes.

The following Cook Strait ferry timetable is a guide only. For up-to-date sailing times, check with Interislander.

Wellington to Picton
Depart Arrive
*2.25 am  5.35 am
 8.25 am  11.35 am
*10.25 am  1.35 pm
 2.05 pm  5.15 pm
 6.25 pm  9.25 pm
Picton to Wellington
Depart Arrive
 6.25 am  9.35 am
 10.05 am  1.15 pm
 1.10 pm  4.20 pm
 *2.25 pm  5.35 pm
 6.05 pm  9.15 pm
 10.25 pm  1.35 am

* Peak Season only (mid December and January)

Ticket Prices

We are agents for Interislander Cook Strait ferry. The tickets you can purchase through us are fully-flexible. You can change the ticket at no extra cost up to the day before you are booked to sail. Ticket changes are subject to availability. You do not need to be certain about the Cook Strait Ferry crossing date or time you when you book.  If you do not have a preferred sailing date and time, we will book you on a sailing at the end of your hire in order to give you maximum flexibility.  As soon as you know what day and time you wish to sail, you can let us know and we will make the amendment for you.

Premium Plus Lounge Pass

If you want to escape the kids and enjoy incredible views, fabulous service, and a great selection of food and beverages, you can add on the Premium Plus Lounge pass. You’ll arrive relaxed and ready to drive off to your next destination. Just select the lounge pass on My Booking page.

Terms and Conditions

All travel on The Interislander Cook Strait ferry is subject to the general terms and conditions of carriage. Here are some of the terms and conditions of your Interisland Cook Strait ferry ticket you should be aware of.

Ticket Cancellations and Changes

Cook Strait ferry tickets are fully refundable if the the cancellation is made more than 24 hours prior to departure.  Amendments may be made at no additional cost at least 24 hours prior to departure unless the ticket is change from an off peak to a peak date in which case the difference in rates will be charged. No shows are non-refundable. 

Service Delays, Changes or Cancellations

Departure times are not guaranteed and Cook Strait ferry schedules are subject to change. The Interislander Cook Strait ferry will not be liable for any loss suffered as a result of a service departing/arriving before or after the scheduled time or being cancelled altogether.


The Interislander Cook Strait ferry reserves the right to inspect any vehicle, baggage or other property.


Smoking onboard or at Cook Strait ferry terminals is not permitted except in designated outdoor areas.

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