Bluebridge sails 50 times a week from downtown Wellington to Picton and back. This must-do experience takes about 3.5 hours.
Described as a journey of spectacular contrasts, from the ferry decks you’ll enjoy views of the dynamic landscape of Wellington Harbour out through the rugged rocks and steep cliffs above the Wellington Heads. On a clear day, you’ll see the outline of the South Island as you leave Wellington and may even see dolphins, whales and other wildlife as you sail the short stretch of open water between Wellington Heads and Tory Channel. Through the Tory Channel into the Marlborough Sounds, enjoy rolling hills, lushly covered native bush before cruising through Queen Charlotte Sound towards Picton. Or if you’re heading to the capital, do it all in reverse.
Bluebridge is famous for our warm Kiwi hospitality with great service and delicious food freshly prepared by our onboard chefs. You’ll save with 10% discount on our better value fares every day. Your ticket includes free extras like movies and the best free WiFi on Cook Strait. Plus if you’re local, you can earn Airpoints Dollars™ so you can go overseas more.
Two of the best kept secrets on the Strait are Bluebridge’s private cabins with ensuite and our week day southbound sleeper service. The cabins are perfect to rest, relax and have a hot shower before the next leg of your journey. They are popular so it’s best to book them in advance – single, twin, double and family cabins available. If you’re time poor or want a rest before or after a long drive to or from the ferry terminal, try Bluebridge’s sleeper service. You’ll check into your cabin before midnight and sleep while we sail at 2.30am. You’ll arrive refreshed in Picton at 6am.