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Taking the InterIslander Ferry in New Zealand

Taking the InterIslander Ferry in New Zealand

New Zealand is a country of two halves. A scenic way to travel between the North Island and South Island is the InterIslander Ferry. Here’s what you need to know about crossing the Cook Strait by ferry, which provides picturesque views of New Zealand and on-board amenities.

Where to Go

The InterIslander Ferry runs between Wellington on the North Island and Picton on the South Island. From Wellington port, ferries connect with the Overlander, Northerner, and Bay Express train services to Auckland and Napier, while arrivals in Picton link with the TranzCoastal train service to Kaikoura and Christchurch.

What You’ll See

Grab a window seat or head out on deck to take in the views as you cruise out across the Cook Strait. The 58-mile (92-kilometer) journey takes around three hours and offers dramatic views of Wellington’s skyline and Pencarrow Head Lighthouse as you set sail from the North Island. As you cross into the protected waters of the South Island, you’ll glide through the glittering waters and lush landscapes of the Marlborough Sounds, Queen Charlotte Sound, and the Tory Channel; keep a lookout for whales and dolphins along the way.

Things to Know

  • Depending on the season, there are up to 11 ferries running between Wellington and Picton daily.

  • A car ferry service is available.

  • On-board services include restrooms, Wi-Fi, a bar and cafe, and a movie theater on select boats.

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7 Day - South Island Tour (All inclusive)

7 Day - South Island Tour (All inclusive)

This small-group guided tour of the South Island will redefine the meaning of mind-blowing. Head across the Cook Strait before cruising through the vineyards of the Marlborough region (stopping off along the way of course!), before marine spotting in Kaikoura and then hitting up the diverse city of Christchurch. From here, visit even more iconic destinations including Lake Tekapo, Wanaka and the adrenaline pumping Queenstown. With accommodation and some activities included (see below), our all-inclusive tours are hassle-free, authentic experiences for those short on time.
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  • 7 days
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Wharekauhau Helicopter Tour with 5-Course Lunch from Wellington

Wharekauhau Helicopter Tour with 5-Course Lunch from Wellington

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Set amid 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) of lush countryside and rolling hills, the Wharekauhau Country Estate is an idyllic spot for a lunch date and the most spectacular way to arrive is by helicopter. Make like a VIP on this 3-hour tour from Wellington, with round-trip transfers by helicopter and a 5-course lunch of gourmet cuisine and wine.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$496.26
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Wellington South Coast Discovery Helicopter Flight

Wellington South Coast Discovery Helicopter Flight

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Explore the outskirts of Wellington and the landscape beyond on this helicopter flight tour. While listening to commentary from your pilot/guide, fly over the rugged shores and seal colonies of the South Coast, the Cook Strait, the Karori Rock Lighthouse, and the Makara Wind Farm.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$253.64
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Bay of Many Coves Helicopter Tour with 3-Course Lunch from Wellington

Bay of Many Coves Helicopter Tour with 3-Course Lunch from Wellington

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Across the Cook Strait is the Marlborough Sounds, a cluster of picturesque bays, inlets and islands. Set in one of these bays is the Bay of Many Coves Resort, a luxury hotel that can only be accessed by boat or helicopter. Your helicopter will leave the Wellington waterfront and fly you over the Cook Strait to the Resort. Once there, you’ll be treated to a three-course lunch at the resort’s gourmet restaurant The Foredeck.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half Day Martinborough Winery Tour from Wellington

Half Day Martinborough Winery Tour from Wellington

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An hour or so north of Wellington, Martinborough is fast making a name for itself as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s leading wine regions. Each weekend, Wellingtonians make the trek over the Remutakas to escape to this European-style wine village. This small group tour is a convenient way to visit Martinborough. There’s no need to stress about driving on country backroads, and no need to plan the day’s itinerary - leaving you to focus on the wine and the iconic scenery.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.57
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Full-Day Wellington Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

Full-Day Wellington Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Make easy work of Wellington’s hills and devise your own itinerary on this self-guided electric bike tour. Opt for a 1 or 2-day bike rental and zip between sights like the Weta Workshop, Te Papa Museum, or Zealandia Sanctuary; glide along the Wellington Waterfront; or escape the city to cycle the Rimutaka Rail Trail or take in the views from Mt Victoria.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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Martinborough Foodie Half Day Tour

Martinborough Foodie Half Day Tour

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Enjoy a 5 hour return guided tour over the spectacular Remutaka Ranges to the Wairarapa region, home of world class culinary producers. Enjoy a stop at C'est Cheese factory and cafe where the tour will include a tasting platter of locally made cheeses. Continue up State Highway 2 to Greytown for a tasting of some of chocolatier Murray Langham's amazing chocolate range at Schoc Chocolates. Our third stop is in the world class wine region of Martinborough famous for it's pinot noir. Enjoy a tasting flight at one of the finest local wineries. The final stop is at the Martinborough Memorial Square in the centre of town and allows for guests to tailor the tour for their own tastes. Guests may choose one final tasting stop from Olivo extra virgin and infused olive oils, Martinborough craft brewery paddles, a local vineyard or cafe lunch, The Martinborough Sweet Shop or the Wine Bank. This final stop is seasonal, subject to availability and at the guests expense.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$113.11
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Wellington Sightseeing Tour

Wellington Sightseeing Tour

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Whether it’s your first time in Wellington or you just want to see as much as possible during your time in port, this half-day sightseeing tour offers a great introduction to the city and a diverse range of sights. Visit the iconic Weta Cave and the historic Old St. Paul’s Cathedral, ride the Wellington cable car to the top of the city, and enjoy panoramic views from the top of Mount Victoria.
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  • 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.90
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Craft Beer Tours NZ Half Day Brewery Experience

Craft Beer Tours NZ Half Day Brewery Experience

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So let’s get straight to the point. You want to visit 3 of our best Breweries? You want to taste some of the best beers you’ve possibly ever tasted? You want to get introduced to a Brewery that you will possibly talk about forever? How about meet the people who make the brews? You have a shorter amount of time but want to fill that up with as much flavour as possible? Well buckle up spaceman, this skyrockets about to take flight. First up we’ll head to Fork & Brewer, the home to over 40 brews on tap, then it’s off to Fortune Favours where good fortune will favour you after one of their beers and finally, Whistling Sisters who's ethos is to experiment and create new tastes, (Tuesday - Friday), or Heyday Beer Co, where the decor is just as hip and cool as their innovative brews. (Saturday's and Sunday's). "We don't want to give you just a tour, we want to give you an experience".
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.61
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Small Group Daytime 2-Hour Eco Wildlife Tour at Zealandia

Small Group Daytime 2-Hour Eco Wildlife Tour at Zealandia

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Zealandia is the world’s first fully fenced urban eco-sanctuary and home to some of New Zealand’s most extraordinary wildlife. This 2-hour guided walking tour will introduce you to native birds such as kakariki, tui, and bellbirds; rare species like takahē; and unique reptiles including green gecko and tuatara. Entrance fees are included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.44
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Arrival Transfer: Wellington Airport to Central Wellington City Centre Hotels

Arrival Transfer: Wellington Airport to Central Wellington City Centre Hotels

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Book a shared arrival transfer from Wellington Airport to your hotel doorstep, and enjoy a stress-free start to your trip. It’s a simple, cost-effective option that takes all the hassle out of arranging transportation after you land. Transport is by climate-controlled shuttle.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$13.23
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Departure Transfer: Wellington Central City Centre Hotels to Wellington Airport

Departure Transfer: Wellington Central City Centre Hotels to Wellington Airport

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Enjoy a hassle-free end to your time in Wellington with this shared departure transfer to Wellington Airport. You will be picked up from your accommodation doorstep and transferred by comfortable shuttle to the airport. It’s a budget-friendly alternative to the pricey private taxi rides.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$13.23
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Wellington & Hutt Valley Half Day Tour

Wellington & Hutt Valley Half Day Tour

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This sightseeing tour is ideal for Cruise Ship travelers and for those visitors who want to experience the best guided half day tour in Wellington. Join Brian from Talk of the Town Tours for an interesting , fun and memorable trip around the Wellington and Hutt Valley regions. You will visit all of the best attractions and experience a visit to the Museum of NZ and the Maori Cultural Centre. Visit the Mount Victoria lookout for panoramic views over Wellington. We will drive out to the Hutt Valley region where we will stop for a light lunch at a local cafe / bakery. This tour will give you "an experience to remember"
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.20
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Wellington Lord of the Rings City Tour with Small Group

Wellington Lord of the Rings City Tour with Small Group

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Combine a tour of Wellington and the Lord of the Rings locations during this half-day excursion from Wellington port. Follow your guide, a LOTR specialist, to locations including the Weta Workshop, the LOTR filming and post-production facilities, and Mt. Victoria. Entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Wellington port provided. This small-group tour, limited to 15 people or fewer, ensures an intimate experience.
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  • 4 hours
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InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton

InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton

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Board the InterIslander ferry for a 3-hour cruise across Cook Strait, which links New Zealand’s capital city in the North Island to a charming enclave in the South Island. The Wellington-to-Picton ferry offers daily service one way, with jaw-dropping views along one of the world’s most scenic waterways.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Wellington City Sights and Coastline Guided Tour

Wellington City Sights and Coastline Guided Tour

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Discover the capital city of New Zealand on a 3 hour coach tour of Wellington. Your driver-guide points out the highlights, including historic landmarks and iconic buildings such as the Beehive and Old St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll stroll through the Wellington Botanic Garden, drive through the suburbs of Seatoun and Oriental Bay, appreciate the vista over Wellington Harbour and the South Coast from Mt Victoria, and have the option to take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car.
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  • 3 hours
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$47.79
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Shore Excursion: Wellington City Sights and Coastline Tour

Shore Excursion: Wellington City Sights and Coastline Tour

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Explore Wellington’s key sites on a half-day shore excursion that’s designed to make the most of your time. You’ll tick off a long list of sightseeing highlights as you stand atop Mount Victoria, tour the south coast, and visit surrounding villages. Portside pickup cuts down on time in transit; instead, you'll use every minute to experience New Zealand’s vibrant capital city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.79
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Wellington Electric Bike Tour

Wellington Electric Bike Tour

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When you ship docks in Wellington, explore New Zealand's vibrant capital city while getting fresh air and exercise on an electric bike tour. Ride along the Wellington Waterfront and Miramar Peninsula, pedaling past beaches, urban landmarks, and residential neighborhoods with a guide and small group. Stop often to snap photos, and use the bike’s battery power to easily scale Mt. Maupuia for stellar views over the city and coast.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.26
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Martinborough Wine and Wild Coast Tour from Wellington

Martinborough Wine and Wild Coast Tour from Wellington

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Combine award-winning wine and gorgeous scenery on a full-day tour from Wellington to Martinborough that also explores Hutt Valley, the Rimutaka Ranges, the Wairarapa coast, and Lake Onoke. You'll visit Martinborough wineries for cellar tours and tastings, pause for lunch in a vineyard restaurant, then eat dinner at the edge of Lake Onoke after a short shoreline hike. This Martinborough wine tour includes meals and a wine tasting, and it's limited to 11 people to ensure personalized service.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$233.76
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Private Martinborough Wine Full Day Tour From Wellington

Private Martinborough Wine Full Day Tour From Wellington

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Sip your way around Martinborough — a once sleepy colonial town that’s now a prominent wine village at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail — on this private day trip from Wellington. Following hotel or port pickup and a scenic drive through the Wairarapa, you’ll visit three of Martinborough’s renowned wineries. Enjoy a guided wine tasting at each and a lunch platter with wine at Poppies Martinborough. Then, choose to continue hopping around Martinborough’s wineries or travel to nearby Greytown, whose pretty streets are thronged with cafes and antique stores.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$207.37
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Wellington Shore Excursion City Sightseeing Tour

Wellington Shore Excursion City Sightseeing Tour

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View the must-see attractions of Wellington on a 2.5-hour shore excursion. During your sightseeing tour of New Zealand’s capital, observe architectural landmarks such as the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and Beehive, and visit Old St Paul’s Cathedral. Soak up picturesque views of the city and harbor from a lookout pt on Mt Victoria, and have the option to take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car. Round-trip port transport by coach is included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$56.56
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Zealandia Small Group Eco Wildlife Night Tour

Zealandia Small Group Eco Wildlife Night Tour

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Gain entry to Zealandia at night and take a guided tour of Zealandia: The Exhibition, which showcases New Zealand’s natural history. Interact with a life-size model moa and Haast’s eagle — both extinct — and learn about the country’s conservation efforts to preserve other native species. Located just minutes from central Wellington, Zealandia includes a night tour of Sanctuary Valley, a fenced eco-sanctuary and safe haven for endemic animal and bird species such as the nocturnal little spotted kiwi.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$64.09
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Private Wellington Full Day Sightseeing Tour

Private Wellington Full Day Sightseeing Tour

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Tick off the top attractions of the Windy City on this private full-day tour of Wellington. Experience the myriad delights of New Zealand’s capital as you take in the views from Mt Victoria, spot seals at Red Rocks, then go behind-the-scenes with a 45-minute tour of the Weta Cave, where the special effects for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were created. After a scrumptious lunch at the Chocolate Fish Café (included), ride the cable car over Wellington and visit landmarks like the Botanical Gardens, the Parliament Buildings and the Beehive.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$207.37
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Guided Wellington Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

Guided Wellington Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

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The hills around Wellington offer a spectacular backdrop for a cycling tour, but you don’t need to worry about biking uphill. This 4-hour electric bike tour takes all the effort out of cycling, so you can concentrate on admiring the sights and enjoying the views.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.27
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