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Wellington to Picton Ferry

Depending on the season their are usually 6 daily and 46 weekly sailings between Wellington and Picton. 2 ferry operators provide ferries from Wellington to Picton, Bluebridge & Interislander. Wellington Picton Ferry timetables change seasonally, use our Deal Finder to get tickets, pricing, schedules and availability.

Wellington Picton Ferry Times

The earliest Wellington Picton ferry typically departs Wellington at about 02:00. The average sailing time of a ferry from Wellington to Picton is approximately 3h 29m and the fastest sailing time is approximately 3h 15m.

Wellington to Picton Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for a ferry from Wellington to Picton typically range between $120* and $722*. On average the Wellington Picton ferry is $401*. The cheapest Wellington Picton ferry prices start from $54*. The average price for a foot passenger is $187*. The average price for a Wellington Picton car ferry is $458*.

Ferry prices may differ by season and depend on various factors, such as number of passengers, vehicle type and sailing time.

How far is Picton from Wellington?

The distance between Wellington and Picton is approximately 53.9 miles (86.8km), or 46.9 nautical miles.

Is there a car ferry from Wellington to Picton?

Yes, there is a car ferry from Wellington to Picton provided by Bluebridge, Interislander. Use our Deal Finder to get live pricing and tickets for car ferries between Wellington and Picton.

Are foot passengers allowed on the Wellington Picton ferry?

Yes, Wellington Picton ferries allow foot passengers. You can travel as a foot passenger from Wellington to Picton with Bluebridge, Interislander.

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Wellington - Picton Route summary
Departure Country New Zealand
Destination Country New Zealand
No. of Operators 2
Operators Bluebridge & Interislander
Average Price A$402*
Average Daily Sailings 6
Average Weekly Sailings 46
Average Sailing Duration 3h 29m
Fastest Sailing Duration 3h 15m
First Ferry 02:00
Last Ferry 20:30
Distance 46 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-07-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Wellington to Picton?

The typical crossing time for ferries from Wellington to Picton is approximately 3h 22m. This is a rough guide for ferry duration as it can differ on type of ship and operator.

How much is the ferry from Wellington to Picton?

The average price of a ferry from Wellington to Picton is approximately 231 €. The price is typically a bit higher during peak season. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Wellington to Picton?

Wellington to Picton is operated by 2 ferry companies. The operators that provide this service are
  • Interislander
  • Bluebridge

How can I book ferry tickets from Wellington to Picton?

Ferries from Wellington to Picton are available for booking through our deal finder, with live prices, timetables and operators.

Can you travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Wellington to Picton?

Yes, you can currently travel as a foot passenger from Wellington to Picton with
  • Interislander
  • Bluebridge

Can you take your car on the ferry from Wellington to Picton?

Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Wellington to Picton with
  • Interislander
  • Bluebridge

Can you bring pets on the ferry from Wellington to Picton?

Yes, pets are allowed onboard the ferry from Wellington to Picton. However, you may require a pet passport and other documentation. Please read the operators pet guidelines. The following operators currently allow pets on the ferry
  • Interislander
  • Bluebridge

How far is Picton from Wellington?

The distance between Wellington to Picton is approximately 46 nautical miles.

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.


Wellington to Picton Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 15/7/2024 and 21/7/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Bluebridge 02:00 05:30 3 hours 30 minutes Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Bluebridge 08:15 11:45 3 hours 30 minutes Everyday
Interislander 08:45 12:15 3 hours 30 minutes Everyday
Interislander 13:00 16:30 3 hours 30 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Bluebridge 13:30 17:00 3 hours 30 minutes Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Interislander 20:00 23:30 3 hours 30 minutes Mon
Interislander 20:30 00:00 3 hours 30 minutes Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Bluebridge 20:30 23:45 3 hours 15 minutes Everyday
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