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Minor changes to Aratere timetable - departure times have moved 15 minutes
15 days ago

We have made some minor changes to the Aratere timetable to reduce congestion at the terminals with the Valentine returning to service. Sailings have moved by 15 minutes:

  • 6:30 am Wellington to Picton sailing now departs at 6:15 am 
  • 4:00 pm Wellington to Picton sailing now departs at 3:45 pm
  • 8:45 pm Picton to Wellington sailing down departs at 8:30 pm

Final vehicle check in time is one hour before departure time and 45 minutes for foot passengers. 

SH6 closed between Rai Valley and Hira from 1 November to 18 December

SH6 is the main route between Nelson and Blenheim/Picton. It is closed for emergency repairs from 1 November through to 18 December.

There is a detour but you will need to allow extra time. Waka Kotahi are suggesting at least another hour on the usual journey time.

If you are leaving Nelson to catch the Interislander it is recommended that you allow three hours for the trip via the detour.

Please take your time and drive carefully. If you are arriving in Picton on one of the later Interislander sailings you may want to spend the night and get on the road early in the morning.


Detour route

Traffic to Nelson, turn off on to SH63 at Renwick, continue through St Arnaud to Kawatiri Junction then turn right on to SH6. Continue north on SH6 until you reach your destination. Reverse for traffic heading to Marlborough.

Visit the Waka Kotahi website for more information

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Hours of operation:

Monday to Sunday: 8am - 5pm

Public Holidays: 8am - 5pm (closed 25 Dec)

Overseas: +64 4 498 3302