The only way to move your motorcycle from the North island to South Island or Visa Versa is via the Cook Strait Ferries. There is no bridge or tunnel. The ferry service is also dependant on the weather. Stormy or windy weather can cause ferry cancelations and delays. The trip is around 3 hours long.
The two passenger terminals are Picton (South Island) and Wellington (North Island). You have the option of Bluebridge and Interislander ferries. The ferrries offer free wifi (although slow), free Movies, Private cabins and a variety of food and drink.
From the dynamic, hilly cityscape of Wellington Harbour out through the rugged rocks and steep cliffs above the Wellington Heads – this is a journey of spectacular contrasts.
On a clear day you can see the outline of the South Island as you depart Wellington. As you sail the short stretch of open water between Wellington Heads and Tory Channel, look out for dolphins, whales and other wildlife that often keep the ferries company.
The route through Tory Channel in the Marlborough Sounds looks good from every angle. Rolling hills, lushly covered with native New Zealand bush to the water’s edge, are dotted with the occasional remote holiday home, with water access only.
As you cruise Queen Charlotte Sound towards the pretty town of Picton, you'll experience an area world-famous for its beautiful beaches, bush walks and great climate.