Interislander Picton Reviews
Ahoy, a scenic journey at its best. Jan 15, 2011
Interislander ferries travel back and forth between Wellington and Picton, and by doing this the three ships, Arahura, Aratere and Kaitaki represent one of the the most spectacular connections between New Zealand's two large islands.
Travelling by Interislander isn't only a welcome possibility of going from A to B in about three hours but reflects an own 'must do' while spending time in the country. Why? Because riding an Interislander offers you a fantastic opportunity of discovering a picturesque scenery from a different perspective. Especially the Marlborough Sounds in the north of the South Island, the ferries cross the most popular Queen Charlotte Sound, are worth a second and certainly a third look.
Interislander ferries departure from Wellington to Picton five times, and from Picton to Wellington six times a day.
An Interislander shuttle bus ($2.00 per person, free for kids under five years) even brings you as pedestrian from Wellington central station to the ferry terminal in Wellington if you like.
The final check-in is 45 minutes before departure, travellers who board the ferry with their vehicle have to be at the vehicle check-in 60 minutes before leaving the harbour.
Once aboard there are all different kinds of amenities available such as entertainment in form of movies at the cinema or TV programmes, kid's corners and souvenir shops. But I would really recommend a nice spot on either the observation deck outside in the fresh breeze or a comfy seat close to the windows in one of the lounges because why should you watch TV when you can enjoy a stunning view on a ferry ride which is exclaimed to be one of the most terrific in the whole wide world?
Apart from the entertainment facilities diverse cafés and bars on board provide sustenance in case you get hungry from facing the wind and the waves.
Before taking an Interislander journey you have to book your tickets but that's easily done either on the Internet, via phone call or with the help of a local travel agent at i-Sites etc.
Three different types of fares are available, from not-refundable (cheapest fare) to 50% refundable to 100% refundable. Just choose the one which suits your travel reliability the best.
All in all the Interislander travel experience is certainly a fabulous way to get from one main island to the other including loads of truly impressive scenes for passionate photographers.
If you have the chance you shouldn't miss out on this journey which is so popular among both New Zealanders and foreign travellers.
Part of the New Zealand 2010/11 travel blog
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