Interislander

The Interislander ferry service crosses New Zealand's Cook Strait, between Wellington and Picton, bridging the gap between the North and South Islands.

Taking approximately three hours, the route was once described as “one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world”, with Interislander traversing this scenic, ninety-two kilometre route for over fifty years, transporting more than a million passengers each year in that time. Offering up to eleven crossings a day, Interislander represents an affordable and flexible choice when it comes to exploring New Zealand’s main islands.

Operating three large, high-tech ferries called Aratere, Kaitaki and Kaiarahi, Interislander can carry both passengers and vehicles numerous times per day, following a convenient timetable for your ease of travel. Maori for ‘Quick Path’, ‘Challenger’ and ‘Leadership’, respectively, the Interislander vessels all offer a comprehensive range of amenities including cinemas, luxurious lounges, live bands and child-friendly entertainment. They were also the first ferry operator on the Cook Strait to supply free Wi-Fi on-board.

Use directferries.com to find Interislander timetables, prices and to book Interislander ferry tickets. Looking for the lowest fares for your destination? Don’t worry, we’ll also compare Interislander with alternative ferry companies.

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Interislander Customer Reviews

  • "Very enjoyable experience "

    We were blessed with lovely, calm weather so had a very smooth and comfortable trip. We were in the Premium Lounge and had access to free food - both hot and cold - and to free drinks. The seats were comfortable and well spaced out, and we were abke to go out onto a private area at the back of the boat. The staff were attentive and friendly. All in all, a very enjoyable experience.

    'Alistair' travelled with Interislander on Aratere

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  • "An excellent experience"

    We travelled on the Interislander on Monday 3rd February and what an experience it was. The amenities were excellent and the catering was first class. We have given all aspects of the journey 5 stars and highly recommend to others to use thye Interislander service.

    'Andrew' travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "A pleasant crossing"

    The first ferry out on a Monday morning the ferry was extremely busy but we had a comfortable crossing and the staff worked extremely hard and were very pleasant"ant.

    'Andrew' travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Picton to Wellington"

    The ferry was on time until it came to unloading at Wellington. Foot passengers were held on board and had to disembark via bus due to issues with passenger ramp. Not great when on a timetable for the airport. On a positive note it was great the staff highlighted a pod of Dolphins which joined us for part of the journey across Cook Strait.

    'Anonymous' travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi/Aratere

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