The majority of people travelling through New Zealand takes either the Interislander or Bluebridge ferries across the Cook Strait from Wellington to Picton, however there is an alternative way of crossing – Sounds Air. What better way to cross than a 35/40 minute flight across the strait?
Sounds Air offers flights from a number of locations such as Wellington to Picton, Nelson and Blenheim. Of course if you have a campervan or car booked this isn’t an option for you but you could consider dropping off your hire car in Wellington and renting in the South Island instead. Air New Zealand offers alternatives as well, but if you want to travel and get a great view on route this is definitely an option to consider. Flights cost from $86 one way if booked online.
Air2There are also another regional airline offering flights over the Cook Strait but they have less options going from the capital and only offer direct flights from Wellington to Blenheim.
If you’re based in Wellington and fancy a weekend away, these fares are more expensive than a foot passenger on the ferries, but it takes less than a third of the time and could avoid you getting the bus from Picton to Nelson if that’s your final destination.