INTERISLANDER operate daily ferry services across Cook Strait between Wellington on the North Island and Picton in the South. The 92km journey takes 3 hours and 45 minutes with breathe-taking scenery as you enter Marlborough Sounds and pass through Tory Channel and Queen Charlotte Sound down to Picton. Bookings can be made by visiting www.interislander.co.nz. In the peak summer months the ferry service is very popular and advanced bookings are recommended.
Campervan rental companies permit the use of the ferry with their vehicles. Some suppliers charge an additional one way fee where a campervan is picked up on one island and returned on another. Check with your supplier when you pick up your vehicle.
Car rental companies have varying policies on their vehicles and use of the ferry service. In some instances this includes costly relocation fees and insurance coverage being suspended. The following summarises these policies. Whilst every effort is undertaken to ensure that this is accurate and current, DriveNow recommends checking with your rental provider when picking up your vehicle as to terms and conditions are subject to change beyond our control or timing.
HERTZ do not permit their vehicles to be taken on the ferry and substantial fees apply where vehicles are returned on a different island. With branches located at both the ferry wharf in Wellington on the North Island and Picton on the South Island it's easy to leave your car at one and collect at the other. This saves you the cost and hassle of transporting your car between the islands.
To use this service:
Please note that Premium Wagon, 4 Wheel Drive, People Movers and Luxury car classes require one booking per island.
Advise Hertz when picking up your vehicle about when you intend to travel on the ferry (or call them 48 hours in advance of your ferry crossing).
AVIS do not permit their vehicles to be taken on the ferry. Any vehicle travelling on the ferry is not covered by insurance. Should a vehicle be picked up in one island and dropped off on the other a minimum relocation fee of NZ$450 will be applied.
Avis operate a special rental system known as "Multi-island Hire". This allows for a single rental booking with the same rate covering 2 vehicles one on each island.
To use this service:
If you intend to travel more than once between the 2 Islands the third leg of your journey can be of any duration as long as the first 2 legs meet the 6 (or 10) day minimum requirement.
If you cannot meet the Multi-island Hire requirements then 2 separate rental bookings with separate rates will be required.
Talk with the AVIS team when you pick up your vehicle about your inter-island travel plans.
EUROPCAR do not allow their vehicles to be transported across on the ferry and apply relocation fees of NZD$350 plus GST where a vehicle is returned on a different island. Europcar have branches at the Ferry Terminal in Wellington and Picton to allow you to drop off and pick up your new vehicle. Two separate bookings are required - one to cover each segment of your journey.
THRIFTY do not allow their vehicles to be transported across on the ferry. Two separate bookings are required. In Wellington the Thrifty office at the Ferry Terminal is staffed to meet all pre-booked customers. In Picton Thrifty will meet all pre-booked customers arriving on scheduled ferry services between 8.00am and 6.000pm. Picton Arrivals outside these hours are on a request basis and an additional fee will apply.
JUICY do allow their vehicles to be taken onboard the Inter-Island Ferry services at no extra charge. Note that Juicy does not have branches at either the Wellington or Picton Ferry Terminals.