Budget Island Hopper: Interisland Travel | Budget Car Rental

Budget Island Hopper: Interisland Travel

Hey Adventurer! Looks like you’ve got a fun filled packed adventure ahead of you, travelling between the North and South Islands.

We’re also excited to share that our Island Hopper process, now allows you to continue your journey with the same vehicle! Don’t worry about having to unpack and repack, just leave your bags in the vehicle, lock it up and board the ferry.

Booking The Ferry

It is your responsibility to book all vehicle and passenger ferry tickets. For ferry bookings and information, please refer to InterIslander or Bluebridge.

We recommend to book your ferry tickets at the earliest convenience, to avoid missing your desired crossing.

Road-Trip Inspo

Need some travel inspiration? Looking to get into the holiday mode more? Check out some of our curated travel destinations and information in our New Zealand Destination and Travel Guide.

Travelling from Picton to Wellington?

Kaikoura Drive

Take an easy 2 hour drive down to Kaikoura from Picton to dive with the dolphins and whale watch. A place for marine life lovers, there’s a lot to explore. Take a dip in the ocean with fur seals, jump in a boat (or go by air) and watch life’s largest marine creatures, whales. For the land adventurers, experience all the culture that Kaikoura has to offer by meeting the locals and experiencing their art. Take the opportunity to trek some hiking trails or go 4-wheel driving.

Nelson Tasman Adventure

An alternate 2 and a half hour drive, takes you to to Nelson Tasman, to kayak its hidden bays or follow the walking trail along the coast. There’s three national parks to explore , so if the beach isn’t your style go inland to see the Nelson Lakes set amongst the mountains (you can even stay the night). For some down time and town exploration, check the local art stores, galleries and museums dotted along the town.

Traveling from Wellington to Picton?

Taranaki Road Trip

A 4 hour scenic drive from Wellington and half-way to Auckland, Taranaki is a haven for outdoor adventurers, food enthusiasts, art and culture and families alike.

If you're a keen hiker, we recommend to explore the Pouakai Circuit. Not for the faint hearted, this 1 day 19km hike, delivers amazing views with native forests, lava cliffs and a insta-worthy lake.

Taranaki Art Trail

Take a coastal walk via the Art Trail and give the soul something to feast on. From local theatres, museums and galleries. Plus, there are other galleries and museums to visit too in Taranaki. Don’t forget to pick up a keepsake of your adventure from one of the vintage stores or from a local artist.