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Ferry Crossings

New Zealand ferries offer a range of services for passengers, vehicles and freight. Bookings are generally advisable to be made in advance, as ferries can become very busy in New Zealand. New Zealand ferries are often booked out during school holiday periods.

NB: There are no ferry services available on Christmas Day (25th December).

Cook Strait Ferries

The Cook Strait is the stretch of water between the North Island and the South Island of New Zealand. At its narrowest point, Cook Strait is about 19 kilometres wide.

Cook Strait ferry companies offer transport across the Cook Strait, between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island.


Phone: 0800 802 802 (New Zealand only)
International Phone: +64 4 498 3302
Web: www.interislander.co.nz


Phone: 0800 844 844 (New Zealand only)
International Phone: +64 4 471 6188
Web: www.bluebridge.co.nz

Foveaux Strait Ferries

Foveaux Strait is the channel of water between Invercargill and Stewart Island at the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand.

Stewart Island Experience

Phone: 0800 000 511 (New Zealand only)
International Phone: +64 3 212 7660
Web: www.stewartislandexperience.co.nz