Wellington to Picton Ferry

Wellington to Picton is the most popular route in New Zealand with a sailing time of approximately 3-3.5 hours and up to 14 weekly sailings. The route is operated by 2 ferry companies: Interislander and Bluebridge. Book now with Direct Ferries, to find the best ferry at the best price for you.
The route provides essential transport links across the Cook Strait. From the capital city of Wellington, to the seaside town of Picton, the ferry connects the northern island with the southern island, which is approximately 100 km in distance apart,

Passengers can travel with or without a vehicle with all ferry companies that operate this route. 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.

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

Wellington - Picton Ferry Operators

  • Interislander
    • 12 Sailings Weekly 3 hr 30 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

  • "Great trip"

    We had good weather and calm seas so that obviously helped make the crossing great. The checkin procedure was easy, and the staff confirmed our free Direct Ferries upgrade to the Plus Lounge. Service there was excellent, and free drinks and food added to the experience. The scenery in the Marlborough Sounds is spectacular!

    'Anthony' travelled Wellington Picton 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 Wellington Picton 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 Wellington Picton 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 Wellington Picton with Interislander on Kaiarahi

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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.