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Picton Ferry Port Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Picton Ferry Station serves the Interislander road and rail ferry service between the north and south islands of New Zealand
  • The service started in 1962 to speed up transfers of cargo between the islands
  • Three ships now operate the route, all with Maori names
  • You can travel by car or on foot on the ferry; rail passengers must disembark from trains to make the crossing as only freight goes straight onto the ferry.
  • The service became nationalised in 2008

Nearest Petrol Stations to Picton Ferry Port

See the nearest petrol stations to Picton Ferry Port below, we recommend you plan head before you return the car to Picton Ferry Port to avoid any Refueling fees.

Mini Guide to Picton

Why Use the Interislander?
Whilst many people would be happy to fly between the two islands, others who don’t want the wait at the airport or who want to see the Cook Strait from the water prefer to take the ferry. You can drive your hire car onto the ferry and off at the other side but with the high cost of the car ferry ticket, you’re better off dropping your hire car off in Wellington before crossing on foot and collecting a new hire car from Picton Ferry Station.

Picton View

How Easy is it to use the Interislander?
If you arrive in Wellington by train, you should be able to get off in the North Island ferry terminal. Hire cars can also be dropped off easily and quickly at the offices of the companies there too. Once you disembark from the ferry, it’s a short walk to the car hire companies’ offices and once out of the one way system around the port, you’ll be on your way.

Picton Ferry Station

What Facilities are There at Picton Ferry Station?
Most of the facilities are there for passengers returning to the North Island and in a small precinct you’ll find various places to eat, a gift shop and a newsagent plus the offices of several companies that use the ferry regularly. The offices of the car hire companies are there too for dropping off or collecting hire cars. You’ll find an ATM for cash and a post box for cards from the South Island which you can buy from the newsagent.

Driving in Picton Ferry Port

  • L

    Road Driving Side

  • 30-60kph

    Urban speed Limit

  • 80-100kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • 100kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  • NZD


  • 21

    Min Rental Age

  • YES


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Some people don’t like the idea of flying whilst others prefer the languid pace of a ferry and the viewing opportunities it gives but whichever your reason for the choice of how you move between the North and South Islands you’ll be relieved to hear you can collect a hire car from Picton Ferry Station when you land.

Demand is brisk when everyone disembarks and long queues can form. You can save a lot of time and potential disappointment by pre-booking your hire car with us. The ferry trip may be expensive for such a short stretch of water but we’ll help you peg back your budget by offering you the lowest price for quality car hire at Picton Ferry Station. By booking online, not only do you fix the low price we offer but you get a huge choice of vehicles and the assurance that you’ll be fully covered by insurance for any eventuality during the car hire period and that insurance is included in the price you pay.

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