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1. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3745 posts) 8y

Is it necessary to book well in advance for the interislander ferry, if travelling in peak season, or is there generally no problem with getting tickets close to the time? There will be 3 of us travelling, probably on a Saturday morning in February. We won't have a vehicle.


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4958 posts) 8y

I think that as long as you don't have a vehicle, you could effectively just walk on. (Maybe book 1-2 days ahead just in case.) However, booking a couple of weeks in advance will get you much cheaper tickets. (40-50% cheaper, I think)

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 7, 2008, at 1:52 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

Hey Bex,

I agree with Sander there's not really a need to book ahead if you don't have a car. What I recommend though, is to check prices for Bluebridge the other company that goes between Wellington and Picton. As far as I remember they were quite a bit cheaper than the Interislander.

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3745 posts) 8y

Thank you Sander and Steff. It's useful to know about the discounts in advance, and the other company that does the route.

5. Posted by Intrislndr (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Actually, some Interislander sailings around Christmas are already fully booked, so I wouldn't leave it until the last moment and expect to get a ticket. Depends when you want to go. You are also unlikely to get the lowest fares if you roll up on the day.

Interislander web saver fares are the best value across the Cook Strait as well.