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“Enjoyable comfortable trip” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Interislander Cook Strait Ferry

Interislander Cook Strait Ferry
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InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton
Ranked #11 of 229 things to do in Wellington
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Owner description: Find out why 36 million New Zealanders can't be wrong. Okay, so there's a few tourists in there too. But that's how many passengers Interislander has carried over the Cook Strait since our first sailing in 1962. Cruise from Wellington to Picton in the stunning Marlborough Sounds in just over three hours on the three largest Cook Strait ferries in New Zealand. Extensive viewing decks, luxurious premium lounges and choice of cafes and bars. Plenty to keep the kids entertained - and plenty for mum and dad too. Cars, motorhomes, coaches- all vehicles are welcome, just drive on, drive off. And for the rental car providers that can't cross, just drop off your car at the rental depots based at the terminals then walk onboard - easy! Interislander's been doing this for over 50 years, so you know you are in good hands. And with eleven sailings per day, our timetable is bound to fit yours. Don't just cross the Strait, cruise it with Interislander and make your perfect holiday, perfect from the very start.
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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“Enjoyable comfortable trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Travelling on the Aratere was quiet and comfortable, the food was good, and the scenery is awsome. I found the staff friendly and proffessional, getting our vehicle on and off was easy with staff directing us every step of the way. There is entertainment on board but we didn't try any ourselves. the seats inside were very comfortable. Going to the outer and upper decks makes for some great photos, although haveing signs on doors going out or in would be an improvement (plenty of "staff only" signs) Being able to book online is awsome, overall we had a very good trip and would recommend the interisland ferry to all

Visited September 2012
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“the journey is epic, the carrier is not”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

crossing the cook strait on a ferry is an epic journey; sailing into the sounds is one of those things you will not easily forget.

the interislander is just the thing that gets you there; it is not an experience in iteself after the first couple of times.

the interislander is a big boat and very busy on a weekend. it has windows that are not often washed it seems,so if you want to view you should get up, dress up warm, and stand on deck. the quiet lounge is not really quite up to the definition. the food is ok. it has a business lounge, expensive ($40 one way), and is sometimes so full that you cant find a decent seat. the internet is pretty poor. if you have your own GSM device, it is better than the ship's wifi, until you are actually in the strait (which is about 1 hour of the journey). we have been taking our car alot and the whole loading experience is just that--a real experience (and a marvel in some respects). i've done the trip about 6 or 7 times and i still cannot figure out if the unloading is FIFO or FILO, though.

I haven't tried bluebridge but i have the opinion that it might be slightly worse

we often seem to wind up on this boat during the school holidays!, which is not the best time; to be fair, getting on mid-week afternoon outside of holidays, its possible to have a quiet productive ride.

Visited October 2012
Thank Richard M
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Enjoyable trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

An enjoyable trip on the Kaitaki from Wellington to Picton. Despite being school holidays it was not too busy onboard - a fairly short wait for breakfast in the Food Court, and plenty of places to sit in the Karori Rip Bar whole enjoying an espresso coffee. Our kids had a couple of plays in the two-deck high playground and also joined us on the sun-deck up on Deck 10 (at least when it wasn't raining). Staff were friendly and helpful, yes the boat has a few rough edges and could probably do with a spruce-up but we enjoyed the trip and found it a great way to get us all (plus car) to the South Island for a holiday.

Thank David0000
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“The Better of the Two Cook Strait Ferry options”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

Feels slightly more professional and better run of the two ferry options for Cook Strait. We went on the Aratere and the trip was quiet, calm and without fuss at both ends. We took a vehicle. Loading on and off was easy.

The staff are helpful and polite.

Food could be better, but it's not terrible.

Wifi is not worth it.

Visited September 2012
Thank Hokioi
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“Travel in Style with the Interislander”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

Recommend paying that little extra for the premier lounge suite service. Wonderful, enjoyable way to travel hassel free and be treated like royalty.

Visited September 2012
Thank Kath M
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