The strait runs in a general NW-SE direction, with the South Island on the west side and North Island on the east. At its narrowest point, 22 kilometres (14 mi) separate Cape Terawhiti in the North Island from Perano Head on Arapaoa Island in the Marlborough Sounds.
Consequently, can you drive from North to South Island New Zealand?
Ferry from the North Island to the South Island of New Zealand. One of the highlights of New Zealand travel is the 3 1/2 hour ferry ride between the North and South Islands. Find out more about traveling via the ferry over Cook Strait, and visiting the cities at either end - Wellington and Picton.
How big is the North Island of New Zealand?