World's Most Beautiful Ferry Rides

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Float by natural and man-made wonders on the world’s most beautiful ferry rides.

New Zealand: Across the Cook Straitbetween Wellington and Picton

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Departing from the North Island’s charmingly urban Wellington, which claims to have more restaurants per capita than New York City, passengers see Mount Victoria frame the city. Smooth hills change to rocks and cliffs along the increasingly rugged coastline of the Wellington Heads. In the open-water stretch of the three-and-a-half-hour journey, travelers might see whales or dolphins frolicking alongside the boat as it makes its way through the labyrinthine Malborough Sounds toward the South Island’s wine-country.

(Bluebridge Ferry; bluebridge.co.nz; from $33 per person one-way.)

World's Most Beautiful Ferry Rides

New Zealand: Across the Cook Straitbetween Wellington and Picton

Departing from the North Island’s charmingly urban Wellington, which claims to have more restaurants per capita than New York City, passengers see Mount Victoria frame the city. Smooth hills change to rocks and cliffs along the increasingly rugged coastline of the Wellington Heads. In the open-water stretch of the three-and-a-half-hour journey, travelers might see whales or dolphins frolicking alongside the boat as it makes its way through the labyrinthine Malborough Sounds toward the South Island’s wine-country.

(Bluebridge Ferry; bluebridge.co.nz; from $33 per person one-way.)

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