Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry



214 Rankers Reviews

192 Face-to-Face

4 Ferries

36 Wellington



Private cabin
Some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery and wildlife
Great kiwi tucker!
Awesome crew there to help you every step of the way


Cross Cook Strait on a Bluebridge ferry and enjoy some real Kiwi hospitality. We carry passengers and vehicles between Wellington and Picton up to four times daily and offer a range of fares to suit your budget.

For travelling between New Zealand’s North and South Islands you can’t beat a Bluebridge ferry. Unwind in comfort and enjoy the dramatic scenery as you sail between Wellington and Picton.

On-board you'll find a full cafe-style menu, premium L'affare coffee and award-winning Marlborough wines.

And if you can take your eyes off the views, kick back with free WiFi, free movies and play areas for the kids. The Bluebridge journey takes just over three hours. So what are you waiting for? Book your Cook Strait ferry now and come on over!


Feature Value Info


North IslandWellington RegionWellington


  • Ferries





Showing 8 reviews of 195.

Pauline Kane's avatar

Pauline Kane

Ranking: 10/10

Once again chose Bluebridge for our annual return motorhome crossing. Thanks for discount for NZMCA members - much appreciated. Staff fabulous, keeping us informed of short delay due to Gale warning in force - priority being our comfort and safety. Another emjoyable trip with minimal adverse conditions in strait. Great facilities/catering. Thanks heaps folks. See you again next year.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 78 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

Get the Pass

Roy Sandbrook's avatar

Roy Sandbrook

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic service! All of their staff go out of their way to be helpful with unusual requests. For example our poorly packaged box of German beer was cheerfully repackaged and transported as checked luggage undamaged with a good few jokes about how many would be left by the time we arrived in Wellys! Always enjoy the low key, relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. Well done Bluebridge!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

Get deals pass

Nickclev's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Communication poor. Boat very late. 3rd world effort by bluebridge. Not sure why I use this company and everyone else should think about this as well

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

Pepe Huebner's avatar

Pepe Huebner


Ranking: 4/10

We double checked 3 times about the time when we need to be there for check in. By foot, we have been told from Interislander, Bluebridge and the I site to be there by 6.50 am
Then when realising there is no bus coming anytime soon , departing from their terminal.
That woman told us it departs like 7.30!-am!!
Well it would have been grand to get a wee bit more sleep that time a day!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Jennie Tollerton's avatar

Jennie Tollerton


Ranking: 8/10

Cheaper than others, good trip and scenery, decent food.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Phil Baker's avatar

Phil Baker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Comfortable, on time, free WiFi, expensive food and drink in the cafe.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Award-1-24px Congratulations Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry

Traveller Voted Awards 2009 Ferries Winner

Lily Roelofs's avatar

Lily Roelofs

New Zealand

Ranking: 1/10

I sailed Bluebridge from Wellington to Picton at 8am last Saturday morning. I thought I would buy myself a chicken panini for breakfast. As I was eating it I bit into a number of chicken bones, hurting my teeth. As a lady working on the boat, Elizabeth Packman, came to take my plate I let her know I had found bones in my chicken. She was very sarcastic and rude to me. She said in a sarcastic tone "Aw, do you not like bones with your chicken? I'm a vegan so..." and grabbed my plate and walked off before I could reply. It was then later on that I found out she was the manager. I am very disgusted in the way she spoke to me. I was not complaining, I was informing her so she could tell the kitchen and ensure no one else is served chicken bones. If this how you treat your customers who have paid a lot of money to sail with you then I will not be sailing with Bluebridge again.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Francesca Scott's avatar

Francesca Scott

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

The facilities on board were fantastic - the movie room played up to date films and the cafe had a great selection of food for vegetarians. The staff were super friendly and even gave me a free portion of chips!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017