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Ferry Services


The 83-kilometre journey from Wellington to Picton (or vice versa) has three distinct phases to the journey:

HARBOUR CAPITAL
At one end, is Wellington, New Zealand's harbour capital.  The inter-island ferries are ideal platforms from which to savour a city that snuggles up to both harbour and mountains.

COOK STRAIT
Moving out of the large, sheltered harbour, the landscape becomes more rugged and the ferries are soon out into the 19-kilometre Cook Strait that separates the North and South Islands.

JIG-SAW WATERWAY
At the other end of the strait, is a cruise through the jig-saw of land and water formed by Queen Charlotte Sound, all the way to Picton, nestled in its own harbour and hills.

There are two ferry services available: The Interislander and The Lynx.

 

The Interislander
The Interislander offers one of the world's great scenic cruises with the journey between the islands taking just a little over three hours.

The Lynx
The Lynx catamaran is one of the fastest passenger and car carriers in the world - and one of the smoothest.

 

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