Wellington to Picton Ferry

The most popular ferry route in New Zealand, the Wellington to Picton ferry connects the northern island with the southern one, providing essential transport links across the Cook Strait. From the capital city of Wellington, where the majority of the population of New Zealand resides, to the seaside town of Picton, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations, the Wellington to Picton ferry runs up to 7 times a day. With 2 different operators providing ferries on this route, book now with Direct Ferries, to find the best ferry at the best price for you.

Wellington Picton 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.

Wellington - Picton Ferry Operators

  • Interislander
    • 3 Sailings Daily 3 hr 10 min
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  • Bluebridge
    • 4 Sailings Daily 3 hr 30 min
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Wellington Picton Average Prices

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

Wellington Picton Ferry reviews

  • "Refund of $$$ "

    The ride was good . We need the appropriate refund of $$ as our hertz rental car wasn’t allow to enter the ferry . I had written an email , pending for your reply please .

    'Tsing Yien Choa Bryan' travelled Wellington Picton with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Interislander"

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time onboard the Interislander from Wellington to Picton and return with my car. Everything went smoothly (even the water) and I was able to relax and enjoy the Kaitaki Plus Lounge

    'Marjorie' travelled Wellington Picton with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Fab crossing"

    Well impressed with whole experience from check-in to arrival, only problem was actually finding the terminal from City centre as very poor signage

    'Denise' travelled Wellington Picton with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Best ferry crossing in the world"

    I had a fantastic experience on the Wellington to Picton ferry and back. WiFi on board, the plus lounge was fantastic with great food and wine. The scenery was stunning and journey time was as predicted.

    'Thomas' travelled Wellington Picton with Interislander on Kaitaki

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Wellington to Picton Ferry Schedule

The ferry schedule for the Wellington to Picton ferry is on average around 7 ferries sailing per day, which means that there can be up to 49 ferries in one week on this route. However, this ferry route can be affected by many different factors, such as seasonal changes, ferry operators, and other such factors, but here at Direct Ferries, we will always provide you with the most up to date information regarding ferry sailings, so you can find the best ferry for you.

How long does the Ferry to Picton from Wellington take?

Ferry sail durations can be affected by many different reasons, such as ferry operators, route, and external factors such as weather conditions at the time of sail, so there is not one single ferry sail durations. Indeed, on this route, ferry sail times can vary between 3 hours and 10 minutes, to 3 hours and 30 minutes, so be sure to check before you book what your expected sail time will be.

Wellington to Picton Ferry Prices

How much the ferry from Wellington to Picton will cost is defined by many different aspects, such as time of year you are travelling, which operator you are travelling with, how you are travelling, and so on, so there are multiple ferry fares available. Because of this, we recommend checking out the above graph, to see our monthly fare averages, have a look at our handy fare finder tool, to find the best ferry at the best price for you, and be sure to sign up to our email newsletter to be the first to hear about our latest deals and offers.

Can I take my Car on the Ferry to Picton from Wellington?

You are currently able to bring your car with you on the Wellington to Picton ferry.