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Ferry Crossing Information

The Picton Wellington ferry route connects New Zealand’s North and South Islands.

See our information below on how to a book a ferry.

Ferry crossing information

New Zealand is made up of two large islands named ‘The North Island’ and ‘The South Island’ (!) The stretch of water between these islands is called the Cook Strait and whilst it may not look far, it takes about 3 ½ hours to cross from one island to the other.

Escape Campervans recommends Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries who operate between Wellington and Picton.

Escape Campervans are smaller and cheaper on the ferry and our friends at Bluebridge have provided our hirers with a special promo code you can use when booking your ferry online – CLICK HERE FOR HOW TO BOOK YOUR FERRY USING OUR DISCOUNT. This will get you a discount on your ferry crossing. It definitely pays to book this service well in advance, during the summer period of November to March.

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries sail to and from Wellington/Picton 22 times a week. Your ticket also includes free extras like free movies and free WiFi. If you’d like your own space, you can book one of their private cabins with its own en-suite from NZ$30 (additional).

How to book the ferry

Crossing the Cook Strait?

Wellington to Picton? Picton to Wellington?

Make sure you use Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries and you’ll save 5% on their already cheap rates. Here’s How:


  1. Go to:
  2. Enter your travel dates, direction of sailing and number of passengers
  3. Under the Vehicle Category – select: CAR
  4. Search availability
  5. On the next page, enter Promotional Code to get your instant 5% discount.
    • Please enter the code : escape
    • When asked for the vehicle make, use TOYOTA or NISSAN
    • When asked for the registration number, use “ESCAPE” or “HUGO”
  6. Continue with your online booking to transact payment and reserve your spot!
  7. Retain your booking confirmation number/details.


  1. Phone Bluebridge Ferries. Freephone: 0800 844 844
  2. Confirm your travel dates, direction of sailing and number of passengers
  3. Advise that you are travelling in an Escape or Hugo Camper and it should be under the car vehicle category:
  4. Advise that you want the 5% discount available to hirers of Escape and Hugo campervans
  5. Pay via credit card over the phone.
  6. Retain your booking confirmation number/details.

And that’s it! These discounts are exclusive to hirers of Escape and Hugo Campervans. Enjoy.

We recommend you book your ferry crossing well in advance, particularly over high season (01 November to 31 March)