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Interislander - Cook Strait Ferries

Ferry timetable

We have six return sailings a day between Wellington and Picton. 

Minor change to Aratere timetable: From Monday 27 May to approximately 29 July due as we are waiting for a gearbox part to be delivered. The sailing will take around 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Final check in times:

  • Vehicles: One hour before departure
  • Foot passengers: 60 minutes before departure.
    In Wellington, a shuttle bus departs from Platform 10 of the Wellington Railway Station, 70 minutes before each sailing. This will get you to the ferry in time. 

You should allow three and half hours for the sailing.

We do our best to run to timetable but some days there are delays:

See daily arrivals and departures

Wellington to Picton

Departure time Ship Notes
2:00 am Kaiarahi Does not sail on Mondays
5:30 am Aratere Does not sail on Mondays
8:45 am Kaitaki  
1:00 pm Kaiarahi  
4:30 pm Aratere  


Picton to Wellington

Departure time Ship Notes
2:30 am Kaitaki Does not sail on Sundays
7:30 am  Kaiarahi Does not sail on Mondays
11:00 am  Aratere Does not sail on Mondays
2:15 pm Kaitaki  
6:30 pm Kaiarahi