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How can I get from the North Island to the South Island?

The most usual way to do this is by ferry from Wellington (North Island) to Picton (South Island) or vice versa, crossing the Cook Straits. There are 2 companies which run this route – the Interislander and Bluebridge with the latter being the considerably cheaper of the two. Prices start from NZ$51 for a one way sailing for one adult. As a general rule you may pay a little more for the day crossings but they are worth it to see the scenery of the Marlborough Sounds islands and promontories which the ferry weaves in and out of.

Both ferry lines take vehicles but you will pay considerably more for doing this – prices start at NZ$169 for a small van or car with Bluebridge ferries.

Bookings can be made through i-SITES (visitor information centres) or online through agents or directly with the companies and occasionally hostels offer this service too, sometimes with discounts.

Domestic flights within New Zealand are often quite cheap and one way tickets from one island to another start from around $70. Be aware that you may often have to pay extra for any baggage allowance.