Interislander - Cook Strait Ferries

Ferry timetable

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

Final check in times:

  • Vehicles: One hour before departure
  • Foot passengers: 60 minutes before departure. In Wellington, a shuttle bus departs from Wellington Railway Station, Platform 10, 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  This does not sail on a Monday
6:15 am Aratere This does not sail on a Monday
8:45 am Kaitaki  
1:00 pm Kaiarahi  
3:45 pm Aratere  
8:30 pm Kaitaki This does not sail on a Saturday


Picton to Wellington

Departure time Ship Notes
2:30 am Kaitaki Does not sail on Sunday
7:30 am  Kaiarahi Does not sail on a Monday
11:00 am  Aratere Does not sail on a Monday
2:15 pm Kaitaki  
6:30 pm Kaiarahi  
8:35 pm Aratere