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Ferry Crossing Information

If you’re traveling between the North and South Islands, you’re going to need to book a ferry for you and your van. This is really simple and the ferry trip itself will be a very special part of your New Zealand road- trip.

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Ferry crossing information

The stretch of water between the North Island and South Island 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 on a ferry.

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

Escape Campervans are smaller and cheaper on a Bluebridge ferry (we are categorised as ‘campervans’) and our friends at Bluebridge have provided our hirers with a special discount when booking your ferry online or over the phone. Click here for instructions on how to book your discounted ferry crossing.

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries sail to and from Wellington/Picton 22 times a week. Your ticket also includes 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).

It definitely pays to book this service well in advance, particularly if you’re traveling during the summer period of November to March.

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How to book the ferry

Instructions on how to book your discounted ferry crossing with Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries. Click to Read More


  1. Phone Bluebridge Ferries. Freephone: 0800 761 762
  2. Advise you are making a new booking and quote Escape1149 to the Bluebridge Representative to get your instant 10% discount.
  3. Confirm your travel dates, direction of sailing and number of passengers and your vehicle.
  4. Advise that the vehicle category is ‘Campervan’ and when asked for the vehicle registration number, please use ‘ESCAPE’
  5. Reconfirm that the 10% discount available to hirers of Escape campervans has been applied.
  6. The Bluebridge team will confirm your booking for you and take your payment (via credit card over the phone).
  7. Retain your booking confirmation number/details. Also give the Bluebridge team your email address and they will send you your e-ticket.


  1. Go to the unique Escape page on the Bluebridge online booking portal:
  2. Enter our Account Number: 1149
  3. Enter Password: 1149escape
  4. Confirm your travel dates, direction of sailing and number of passengers and your vehicle.
  5. Under the Vehicle Category – select: Campervan.
  6. Under vehicle size , please confirm the length of the campervan as ‘5.0’ meters.
  7. Search availability
  8. Continue with the online booking process/instructions.
  9. A 10% discount will be applied to your booking. It will not show up on screen, but your use of the above-mentioned codes will ensure this is applied automatically.
  10. Transact payment via credit card and reserve your spot!
  11. Retain your booking confirmation number/details.