Inter-Island Rentals

Ace Inter-islander Ferry

A booking can be made starting on one Island and ending on another, however our vehicles are not permitted to cross between the Islands.  

We want your Cook Strait crossover between the North Island and South Island to be seamless so please check the information below.

Please refer to https://www.greatjourneysofnz.co.nz/interislander  and http://www.bluebridge.co.nz  for the latest ferry information. 

Picking up your vehicle on one Island and dropping it off on another Island 

When making your booking on our website, you will have two bookings with two booking numbers one for the north island and one for the south island, you will also have two booking confirmation emails from Ace. 

North to South 

When selecting a Pickup location on the north island you will be dropping your vehicle off at our Wellington City branch from there you will pop onto the Ferry and head over to Picton were you will collect your next vehicle

South to North

When selecting a Pickup location on the South Island you will be dropping your vehicle off at our Picton Branch from there you will pop onto the Ferry and head over to Wellington were you will collect your next vehicle 

As an example if you are picking up your vehicle at our Auckland Airport location and your final destination is our Christchurch Branch you will be dropping off the your vehicle in Wellington City and crossing over the ferry and collecting your next vehicle in Picton and you can then make your way to Christchurch.   

Please note a fee will apply if the vehicle is not returned to the same island the rental started on.

Ace rental Cars will charge for the actual cost of relocating the vehicle, this cost is up to a maximum of NZD$1,000.00 + GST. 

Do you have the same pickup and drop off location?   

If the rental will start and end on the same island, the vehicle is able to be kept for the whole rental.

You will need to pay for the vehicle on two ferry trips.   

Please note a fee will apply if the vehicle is not returned to the same island the rental started on.

Ace rental Cars will charge for the actual cost of relocating the vehicle, this cost is up to a maximum of NZD$1,000.00 + GST.

For more info Download our Ferry Crossing Brochure 

Opening Hours:

South Island - Picton Ferry Terminal Office

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 08:00 – 18:30 (Closed Christmas Day)
Phone: 0800 267 780
Email address: picton@acerentals.co.nz

North Island - Wellington City: 38/44 Hania Street

Opening hours: Weekdays 07:30 - 17:00 (Closed Christmas Day)
Weekend & Public holidays: 08:00 - 17:00
Phone: 0800 267 780
Email address: wellington@acerentals.co.nz

Pickup: Picton

Interislander: 0800 802 802
Collect your vehicle from the Ace office at the Interislander ferry terminal.

Bluebridge: 0800 162 322
Take the free Bluebridge bus around to the Interislander terminal where the Ace Picton office is located.

Pickup: Wellington

Interislander and Bluebridge:
Email: wellington@acerentals.co.nz
Phone: 0800 502 277

Our Ace shuttle bus will pick you up from the Bluebridge and Interislander terminals near the Taxi stand. You will collect your car at the Ace city office,  located at 38/44 Hania Street, Mt Victoria.

If you arrive afterhours and require a vehicle, you must contact the Ace city branch before 15:00 to make arrangements for afterhours collection from the Ace Wellington airport branch. You will require a taxi service to Wellington airport branch to collect your vehicle.

Alternatively, we will make arrangements to pick your vehicle up the next day.

Wellington Airport Operation Hours:
Summer hours (October 1st to April 30th): 07:00 - 19:00
Winter hours (May 1st to September 30th): 07:00 - 18:00

After hours: If you have not made prior arrangements for an afterhours collection you will need to pick up your vehicle during branch operational hours. Please make contact with the location to arrange an alternative pick up time.

Drop-off: Picton

Interislander: Park in the designated Ace car parks near the Tourist Information Centre. If full, park in the public parking near the ferry terminal and advise us. Please drop your keys off at the Ace office. If you arrive after hours, deposit the keys only (no paperwork) in the drop box in the door.

Bluebridge: Park in the public car parks at the Bluebridge terminal and leave the car keys at the Bluebridge check in desk.

Drop-off: Wellington

Interislander and Bluebridge: Your rental car must be returned to 38/44 Hania Street. Our shuttle bus will drop you back to your designated Ferry terminal. Our last shuttle bus to the Ferry Terminal departs Hania Street at 16:00. 

Departing ferry passengers should allow an additional two hours prior to boarding time to complete the return of your vehicle.

After hours: Wellington City branch does not have an afterhours drop off facility. If you are returning your vehicle outside business hours, you will have to drop your vehicle at our Wellington airport branch. Please place the keys in the drop box at the airport branch’s front entrance drop box.