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The problem with a ferry from Wellington to Kaikoura is that there is no suitable port at Kaikoura for the ferry to dock at. Roll On Roll Off ferry’s require very calm water conditions to be safe for loading and unloading.
A ferry from Wellington to Lyttelton could be an option, however it would be an approx 12-15 hour journey, requiring better / bigger ships to accommodate people for such a long time, as well as needing more ships so that the sailing frequency is high enough to match demand.
Using shipping for freight makes sense, however the reason trucking is more attractive in NZ is that it is relatively cheap, and much more convenient as it is point to point.