The Interilander ferry is a road,rail and passenger ferry that keeps the North and South islands connected. The ferry takes 3.5hrs and can be quite a roller coaster of a ride, fortunately we were met with calm seas and had a very uneventfully journey.
Cook Strait lies between the North and South Islands of New Zealand. It connects the Tasman Sea on the northwest with the South Pacific Ocean on the southeast, it is considered one of the most dangerous and unpredictable waters in the world
The strait is named after James Cook, the first European commander to sail through it, in 1770. In Māori it has the name Raukawa or Raukawa Moana. Raukawa may mean “bitter leaves”.