COASTAL PACIFIC UPDATE
Work is continuing at pace on the reinstatement of the Main North Line following November’s Kaikoura earthquake. Parts of the line are open for freight goods and crews are working fast in both directions but higher safety standards and ongoing seismic events mean that passenger services will be delayed longer than freight. Because of this, it is unlikely that the Coastal Pacific will operate this summer season (September 2017-April 2018).
The Coastal Pacific will be back to service as early as possible for the 2018/2019 season and it is hoped the season will be extended if possible. This could mean an earlier start date than September 2018. We will continue to keep you updated as a return to service date becomes clearer. In the meantime we can book coach transportation for you between Picton and Christchurch.
Interislander travels the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand and is one of the most spectacular cruises in the world. The 92 km journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand's most iconic tourist experiences.
On either side of your Interislander journey are the city of Wellington and the region of Marlborough.
Wellington is the cultural centre and political capital of New Zealand. Cradled within a natural harbour, Wellington offers travellers an abundance of tourist experiences, whether just passing through, or enjoying an extended stay.
Picton is the point of arrival and departure in the Marlborough Sounds for Interislander travellers. Picton is a gateway to the Sounds, its wine growing areas and, further south, to Christchurch and beyond.
Interislander operates three ships, carrying both passengers and their vehicles: Aratere, Kaitaki and our latest edition to the fleet Kaiarahi.
All offer the freedom and ease of exploring New Zealand by road. Taking a vehicle on an Interislander ferry is as simple as parking - just drive on and drive off. Nor do passengers with vehicles have any luggage restrictions. Offering up to 11 sailings a day, Interislander passengers also have the convenience of a wide choice of travel times. During your Interislander journey, take a stroll on the decks, enjoy a meal, a drink, or even catch the latest movie release. Or, of course, simply be awed by the breathtaking views.