Wellington to Picton Ferry

The Wellington Picton ferry route connects New Zealand with New Zealand and is currently operated by 2 ferry companies. The Interislander service runs up to 12 times per week with a sailing duration of around 3 hours 30 minutes while the Bluebridge service runs up to 4 times per day with a duration from 3 hr 30 min.

So that’s a combined 40 sailings on offer per week on the Wellington Picton route between New Zealand and New Zealand. Compare now and get the best fare at the time that you want to travel.

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 Guide

The city of Wellington is New Zealand's capital city and is located on the south west tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. It is the North Island's major population centre and is also the world's most southerly capital city. The city takes its name from Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington and victor of the Battle of Waterloo. His title comes from the town of Wellington in the English county of Somerset. The city is a popular tourist destination, as visitors flock there to take in its natural splendour, with its picturesque harbour and green hills, populated with colonial villas. The city's business centre is located close to Lambton Harbour, part of Wellington Harbour, and lies along a geological fault which can clearly be seen along its western shoreline. Many of the city's suburbs are high above the city centre and popular attractions include the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Wellington Zoo, and the Zealandia and Wellington Cable Car.

Wellington is the North Island port for ferries to Picton on the South Island. Local ferries also connect Wellington city centre with Eastbourne, Seatoun and Petone.

Picton Guide

Picton is a seaside town on New Zealand's south island and sits at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound in the beautiful Marlborough Sound and is regarded as one of New Zealand's prettiest towns. The town is popular with visitors from across the world who go there to enjoy its wonderful coastline, it has around 20% of New Zealand's coastline at its door, and to enjoy the best climate in New Zealand.

Being located on Marlborough Sound gives the town a relaxed atmosphere and is characterised by secluded bays and lovely clear waters. The view from the town's waterfront is perhaps one of the world's finest views and bears testament to the importance of the water and of boats to the town. Regular boat trips from Picton’s waterfront jetties take visitors to stunning locations throughout Queen Charlotte Sound.

Inter-island ferries to and from Wellington arrive and depart from Picton via Marlborough Sound. Most of the sheltered part of the route is through Tory Channel, south of Arapawa Island. The township of Waikawa is a couple of minutes drive from Picton and is home to one of the largest marinas in New Zealand.