Adam's Travel Blog

Wellington to Picton Ferry

The ferry ride over from Wellington to the South Island should be listed as one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world (if there is such a list) It sure beats the Isle of White Ferry. The last ferry I caught was the Fraser Island Crossing in Australia way back in ’94, when we had hired a 4wd for the weekend and gone walkabout for three days.

I was a little worried, but was a breeze.

About an hour from Picton (South Island port) you enter the Marlborough Sounds. The ferry glides along Queen Charlotte Sound and passes steep tree covered hills impossibly close on both sides. This thin deep channel allows big ships to berth, and both the QEII and ‘The World’ have sailed to Picton.