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Coronavirus ferry travel advice
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Book a ferry to Wellington with AFerry. Domestic services in New Zealand are available from Wellington to Picton.
Wellington Ferry Companies
Ferries to and from Wellington are operated by Bluebridge and Interislander. Because 2 ferry companies operate in and out of Wellington, comparing can be very useful to help you find the best price at the best time for you. When you search for a ferry to Wellington, we will always show a range of times just in case it's cheaper earlier or later than the time you select.
Wellington ferries with Bluebridge and Interislander are known for their comfort and high levels of service, and you will feel like your holiday has begun the moment you step on board. Travelling to Wellington will be easy and hassle free. Start by making your booking today, it's quick and easy.
Wellington is New Zealand's capital city and is a stunning thriving seaside city with almost 400,000 residents. With a nickname such as "Windy Wellie" you could be forgiven for thinking Wellington is not a place to visit, however this is far from the truth about this vibrant, bustling compact city. Wellington is New Zealand's capital city and sits on the North Island's most southern point on the Cook Strait, hence the nickname! Wellington features a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. The harbour sits on a hook-shaped mass with great ferry links to Picton on the South Island. Iconic Wellington sites include the red Wellington Cable Car, Wellington Museum, Zealandia Wildlife reserve, Wellington Botanic Gardens and Mt Victoria Lookout.
Ferries to and from Wellington
Interislander is one of New Zealand's best known ferry services and provides a service with three ultra-modern luxurious ferries. All their ferries feature the latest facilities to make your journey enjoyable.
On board, you will find many observation decks, relaxing chairs and sofas, bars, and restaurants serving freshly prepared local cuisine. Some ferries also feature cinemas and children's play areas. Travelling on an Inteislander ferry truly is a magnificent experience and the views you will enjoy en-route are worth the ferry fare alone!
The Wellington terminal is located on Aotea Quay, 5 minutes drive north of Wellington Railway Station.
Wellington port facilities
Wellington Terminal is open between 6:30 am and 6.15 pm daily (subject to change - according to timetable changes). This modern port has plenty of facilities to help you enjoy your journey. A café operates 7.00am to 2.30pm Monday - Sunday with the exception of Friday which 07.00am to 6.00pm.
You will also find toilets/disability access toilets, internet kiosks, an accommodation phone board, arcade games, as well as snack/drink vending machines. Storage lockers are also available for a nominal cost.
Getting to Wellington port
By shuttle bus
Interislander provides a bus service between Platform 9 at the Wellington Railway Station and the Wellington terminal. The cost of the bus is currently $2 per person (children under 5 years of age are free). Tickets may be bought using cash or credit card (excludes Diners) from the ticketing station. The bus leaves 50 minutes prior to the departure of each sailing. The bus also runs from the ferry arrivals terminal back to the Railway Station. However, this service is not available for sailings arriving into Wellington after 9pm.
By car and parking
Wellington terminal is easy to reach by car and well signposted. Please see the map opposite.
If parking, short-term parking of up to 30 minutes is available for free. Be aware, however, that space is limited and in great demand, especially during peak times.
Limited long-term Pay and Display parking is also available, at a cost of $10 per calendar day (or part thereof). Long-term parks cannot be pre-booked; if you are travelling at peak times, such as during school holidays, Easter or Christmas, please do not rely on being able to use the long-term parking facilities.
Two Pay and Display vending machines are located centrally in the car park. The machines accept coins and credit cards only. Place the parking ticket face up on the vehicle dashboard. Parking is at the owners' risk. When using the long-term parking facility, please allow extra time to check in.
If you are using GPS in your car, Interislander terminals can be found in the Points of Interest menu, usually in the Transit or Ferries categories. Wellington terminal Latitude -41. 15.863759999999871 and Longitude 174. 47.201220000000035.
Taxis are a convenient way to get to and from the port. There is a designated taxi lane outside the terminal. If there are no taxis waiting, terminal staff will order one for you.
By bus from backpackers
In association with Base and YHA Backpackers, Interislander also offers a direct backpacker bus service to the Wellington terminal, at the small cost of $3. Bus tickets must be pre-purchased from the Backpackers.
A number of rental car companies have booths located inside the arrivals terminal.
Book your ferry to your New Zealand's capital from the South island today simply and securely with AFerry.
50 Waterloo Quay, Wellington, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Wellington Terminal, 1 Aotea Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
02 May 2017Good Service
Friendly staff - good service
Review by Anon
19 Jan 2017An enjoyable crossing
In most respects this was a very pleasant and hassle-free experience.The ticket pick-up and luggage check-in were efficiently handled and the journey itself was a delight. There was plenty of comfortable seating and many opportunities to enjoy the magnificent scenery. Our only criticism would be regarding the onboard shop,in which we experienced slow service when wishing to buy a newspaper for the journey.
Review by Elaine Henson
03 Dec 2013Ferry experience
Ferry was 2 hours late arriving at Wellington. Consequently when we arrived there were no taxis and we had a loooong wait (over an hour in a drizzling rain) before any came. Otherwise the trip was OK
Review by Richard Kent
16 Aug 2012Great service shame about the weather
I had a very pleasant trip. Check-in was quick and simple. As a foot passenger I also needed to check-in my luggage. The ferry itself was spacious and comfortable and would have offered great views of the coastline had the weather been good.
Review by Anon