Everything You Want To Know About Interislander And Features Of Their Ships

Interislander is one of the famous and well-known road and rail ferry service serving New Zealand since 1960s. Interislander basically operates in the New Zealand’s Cook Strait between Wellington to Picton. It is owned and managed by KiwiRail Holdings Limited, or formerly known as KiwiRail, a state owned company who controls all the rail operations within the country. Currently, Interislander operates three ships in between North Island to South Island named as Kaitaki, Aratere and Kaiarahi, along with roll-on roll-off. Roll-on, roll-off are the type of ship vessels which are specially designed to transfer cargo, vehicles, cars, trucks and other related products through the ship vessels that can be driven on and off without the use of any external thing. Basically, special ramps are established on the ports to drive in and off the vehicles from the ship vessels.


Interislander was founded in the year 1962 in Wellington as a part of New Zealand Railways Department. Then after, it becomes the subsidiary of a state-owned railway enterprise known as KiwiRail. There are two divisions of Interislander, one is Interislander Passenger and other is Interislander Freight. After the launch of this service, many competitors’ step-in the market, still Interislander is well-patronised in the market. In 2017, KiwiRail put the Interislander to its new tourism brand “The Great Journeys of New Zealand” and united their other three passenger service that are – TranzAlpine, Coastal Pacific and Northern Explorer. Online bookings are also available for the passengers on their official website. For more details, passengers can directly talk to the customer support department at Interislander customer service phone number.

Here are some of the features of their all the three ferries Kaitaki, Aratere and Kaiarahi. Check out the details below.

Features of Kaitaki

  • Meaning of Kaitaki is Challenger and it is the largest ferry in New Zealand with a seating capacity of around 1350 passengers.
  • There are two famous restaurants and a sports bar specially made for the passengers to eat and drink with highly professional staff.
  • A special café, children’s playing area, two famous seating lounges, special scene viewing areas, cinema hall, video games, free wi-fi, shops, cabins, nurseries, special smoking area and a lot more services are provided within the Kaitaki for their travelers. For more information regarding Kaitaki, contact the officials at Interislander head office contact number.

Features of Kaiarahi

  • Kaiarahi means to lead and it is a new addition to the ferry team of Interislander. Special lounges, restaurants and bars are established within the ferry.
  • Several features are same as of Kaitaki, such as cinema halls, special playing area, rooftop scene view, nursery, smoking area, special lift and more are a part of Kaiarahi.

Features of Aratere

  • Aratere means Quick Path, the longest operating vessel of Interislander. Special three viewing decks are made for their passengers with Marlborough Sounds.
  • Food courts, aratere bar, Interislander plus lounge, scenic view areas and several other facilities are other part of Aratere which leads their passengers to travel in luxury.

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