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Destination(s) 🇳🇿 New Zealand
Duration 3h 15 mins
Sailings Up to 6 times per day
Distance 41 miles, 66 km
Operated by Bluebridge, Interislander
2p+Car+Return in our estimation NZD 360

Do you want to travel between the North and South-Island of New Zealand? Then you have to pick the ferry from Wellington to Picton (or from Picton to Wellington). You can choose between 2 ferry companies. In total there are 5 crossings per day. Both ferry companies sail in 3,5 hours to the other island.

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Ferry to Picton and Wellington

The ferry between Wellington and Picton connects the North Island with the South Island. Anyone who makes a trip to New Zealand will therefore most likely make use of this beautiful crossing.

How you travel depends on where you start your journey. If you leave from the South Island, the ferry goes from Picton to Wellington. Are you travelling the other way around? Then your boat logically departs from the Wellington harbour.

Timetable and availability Wellington – Picton plus compare prices

Booking your ferry tickets has never been easier! With our online booking module, you can easily find and book your desired ferry crossing between Picton and Wellington in just a few clicks. Simply enter your travel dates and destination, and the system will show you all available options. You can then choose the ferry to Picton or Wellington that best suits your needs and budget. It’s that simple!

There are two ferry services between Wellington and Picton. The route is navigated by Interislander and Bluebridge.

Schedule Wellington-Picton

The Interislander and Bluebridge ferries run quite frequently. The departures depend on the day and season. If you want to make a good comparison, it is best to take a look at the booking module.

Route Map

Wondering where this crossing is? Check it out on our handy ferry map.

Port information


Wellington terminal address: Wellington Ferry Terminal, 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New-Zealand


Picton terminal address: 1 Auckland Street, Picton 7281, New Zealand

Rental cars on the ferry

If you plan to go on the boat with a rental car, check carefully whether the car can be taken on the boat. Many car rental companies let you return the car at the port, and then get another one on the other island. You usually experience this when booking a rental car. With many providers, it is not possible to deliver a car to the other island. It is, therefore, necessary to first have a good idea of ​​how it works with the rental car or camper, and only then book the ferry. Bluebridge also has a handy overview of the policy of the car rental companies on this subject: Rental car pick-up and drop-off policies for Wellington.


Which ferry companies sail on this crossing?

The ferry between Wellington and Picton is currently operated by: Bluebridge and Interislander.

How long does the Wellington-Picton crossing take?

The travel time of the Wellington-Picton ferry is around: 3h 15 mins. Please arrive early at the harbor and calculate extra time for check-in and boarding if necessary. How long in advance you need to be present is usually communicated on your ticket or on the website of the ferry operator you sail with.

How often does the Wellington-Picton ferry sail?

You can usually take the ferry from Wellington to Picton (or the ferry from Picton to Wellington) Variable. Depending on the season, the number of people on the ferry, and the weather forecast, the ferry company can deviate from the timetable/ferry schedule.

What is the distance between Wellington and Picton?

The distance between Wellington and Picton is approximately 41 miles or 66 km.