Picton to Wellington Ferry

The most popular ferry route in all of New Zealand, the Picton to Wellington ferry runs up to 14 crossings weekly, operated by Interislander and Bluebridge, with a sailing time of approximately 3-3.5 hours.

The Picton to Wellington ferry connects the north and south islands of New Zealand which are about 100km distance apart, and also connects the two busiest cities; Wellington and Picton, a popular tourist destination. A vital transport link that countless people travel on daily, the Cook Strait ferry runs several ferries per day.

Passengers can travel with or without a vehicle with all ferry companies that operate this route. Picton to Wellington sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season, and from month to month, so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

Onboard the ferries you can enjoy facilities such as free wifi, lounges, private cabins and more.

Picton - Wellington Ferry Operators

  • Interislander
    • 7 Sailings Weekly 3 hr 30 min
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  • Bluebridge
    • 3 Sailings Daily 3 hr 30 min
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Picton Wellington Average Prices

Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers. The most common booking on the Picton Wellington route is a car and 2 passengers.

Picton Wellington Ferry reviews

  • "Does what it says on the tin!"

    Check in easy, ship left on time, food tasty, staff very helpful and pleasant and facilities clean and tidy. Not a huge amount of passengers when we sailed so plenty of room to sit. Really nice crossing and we had an escort of dolphins.

    'Joanna' travelled Picton Wellington with Interislander on Aratere

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  • "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 Picton Wellington with Interislander on Aratere

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  • "Picton to Wellinton crossing"

    The most amazing ferry trip ever! The views on leaving Picton were just fantastic. Would recommend this crossing to anyone.

    'Jackie Robinson' travelled Picton Wellington with Interislander on Aratere

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  • "Excellent "

    Very pleasant journey

    'Gerard' travelled Picton Wellington with Interislander on Aratere

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Picton to Wellington Ferry Timetable

The ferry timetable for the Picton to Wellington route is created by many different factors, such as ferry operator, and what time of year the sailing is happening, especially as ferry crossings can vary from month to month, so this means that there is not one specific ferry timetable. Indeed, there are up to 147 ferries running per week on this route, so book now with Direct Ferries, to find the best ferry at the best price for you.

How long does the Ferry from Picton to Wellington take?

Ferry sail durations for this route take on average about 3 and a half hours, but be sure to bear in mind that these times can change due to factors such as ferry operator, as well as external factors such as weather conditions at the time of sail, so there may be changes to sail duration at any given moment.

How much does the Picton Wellington Ferry cost?

Ferry fares are defined by a number of different aspects, such as ferry operator, time of year, how you are travelling, and so on, so there is not one exact ferry price. Instead, we recommend checking out our handy fare finder tool, to find the best ferries at the best prices for you, and be sure to sign up to our email newsletter, to be the first to hear about the latest deals and offers.

Car Ferry to Wellington from Picton

You can currently take your car with you on any of the ferries provided by both ferry operators, but only one will allow you to bring pets with you, so be sure to check before booking.