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Review of Interislander Cook Strait Ferry

Interislander Cook Strait Ferry
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$41.25*
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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.
Whangarei, New Zealand
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“Getting from A to B”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

We enjoyed the scenery and the experience. It is a 3 hour voyage and I would recommend that you take a good book or another form of entertainment, ie. laptop or similar. The staff were pleasant and helpful. The food was adequate but not very exciting, however you are able to upgrade to the Kaitaki Plus Lounge and I assume you would therefore have a better overall experience. I guess you get what you pay for.

Visited November 2012
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“Gets the job done”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

We took this ferry while on holiday traveling from the North to South islands. We picked this company because of the easy bookings and good departure time. The check in process was easy and staff were friendly. On board, it was cramped and there is no free wi-fi. The cafe is decently stocked and had gluten free items. Could not hear one announcement made on the intercom.

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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“Cruising south in style!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

Return trips to Picton and returning from holiday were quite calm, and very comfortable
with a little extra help from Nautical Miles Membership. Kaitaki Plus lounge was comfortable
and little extras such as wifi and food and drink when required without the hassle of cues!
Priority entry with the orange lable preferential status meant easy access on to and off the Ferry.

Made the start and the return to our 3 weeks in the South most enjoyable Thank U Interislander!

Visited November 2012
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Raumati Beach, New Zealand
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“Pretty great trip and the kids didn't get bored”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

Went on the Kaitaki one way and the Aratere the other. Preferred the Kaitaki just for the kids to be able to run around inside but it was great standing outside at the front of the Aratere coming into the Marlborough Sounds.
Haven't done this trip for years and took two boys 11 and 14 - who kept themselves amused with a bit of ship exploration, scenery viewing and repeat visits to the food courts.
I loved the scenery and moment of relaxation each way from the car trip.
Would thoroughly recommend the Interislander to everyone.

Visited November 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A nice diversion.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

Well it's not bad for what it is. Plenty of food options. Comfy seats. Kids area. Nice change from the car & more interesting that then plane.

Visited November 2012
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