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19 May 2015

As part of KiwiRail’s commitment to greater sustainability the Interislander ferry Arahura is trialling Fuel Oil Emulsion (FOE) technology in one of the ship’s auxiliary engines. FOE burns more completely than unmodified fuel and so uses less fuel, emissions are lower and the engines run cooler and so should require less maintenance.

12 May 2015

The Interislander Arahura ferry's replacement will go into service this spring, proudly bearing the new name of Kaiarahi.

6 March 2015

Interislander sailing to revised schedule

6 March 2015

Interislander is advising customers to expect delays to sailings today and over the weekend due to the severe weather that is currently moving across Cook Strait.

The weather is likely to impact on schedules over the coming couple of days. Strong winds of up to 60 knots in Picton Harbour caused the Aratere to move at its berth and this has damaged the loading ramp which is being currently assessed by Port Marlborough.

The ship itself has not been damaged.

Interislander is contacting affected customers and advising them of revised sailing times to ensure any delays to travel are minimsed. Text alerts are being sent out and people can text 322, type in ARR (arrival) or DEP (departure) for the latest estimated sailing times.

Aratere is expected to sail shortly once Port Marlborough has given safety clearance. The weather in the area is moderating and this will allow the ferries to continue operating although to a revised timetable.

Light motor vehicles are able to be loaded and disembarked from the ships but rail freight is not being carried until the port company has completed its assessment of the ramp.


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23 January 2015

Interislander ferries moved 128,279 passengers, 33,174 passenger vehicles and 4762 freight vehicles over the Christmas and New Year holiday period with the three ferry services meeting 100 per cent of all scheduled sailings between 24 December 2014 and 19 January.

13 December 2013

Interislander’s Arahura ferry is celebrating its 30th birthday tomorrow. Since she entered service back in December 1983, the ship has completed just under 49,000 crossings, covering around 2.7 million nautical miles.

10 December 2013

KiwiRail can confirm that Seaworks has successfully retrieved Aratere’s propeller this afternoon, which was lost from the ship when the shaft broke on 5 November outside Tory Channel.

10 December 2013

Interislander has received approval to operate the Aratere as a single shaft, freight-only service from Tuesday 10 December until Tuesday 24 December following safety approval from classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV).

29 November 2013

Interislander has today re-opened the booking system for new passenger vehicle bookings for both the Kaitaki and Stena Alegra from 12 January to 31 March, 2014.

28 November 2013

Interislander has announced its decision to charter Stena Alegra, a roll-on, roll-off passenger ferry owned by Stena Finance BV and managed by Northern Marine Management, to assist with capacity and service our customers over the peak summer period while the Aratere is out of service.

25 November 2013

Aratere’s starboard propeller has been located following a search conducted by Seaworks on Saturday morning. The propeller, which was lost when the shaft broke on 5 November, was located approximately two nautical miles from Tory Channel and approximately 120 metres deep.


14 November 2013

Following the loss of one of Aratere’s propellers on 5 November, Interislander has undertaken a capacity assessment for its peak period through December and January and can confirm that with its existing timetable we will lose around 45 percent of our freight and passenger capacity.

7 November 2013

“Following Aratere’s removal from service, Interislander is continuing to contact our affected customers travelling in the next few days directly to accommodate them on other sailings. We have closed our system for future bookings, but expect to be able to re-open it again early next week once a new timetable is in place,” says Interislander General Manager Thomas Davis.

6 November 2013

On Tuesday evening (November 5th) Aratere suffered a mechanical issue on her return voyage to Wellington. While she was able to return to Wellington Terminal she has now been withdrawn from service.

12 September 2013

Interislander’s flagship passenger ferry – the Kaitaki – arrived in Wellington this morning after making its way back from drydock in Brisbane with a brand new look. The ship departed Wellington just over six weeks ago for drydock work as well as a $4.5 million refurbishment of the passenger areas.

4 July 2013

This week the Interislander’s Aratere had a rather unusual passenger — a nine month old male giraffe bound for Christchurch’s Orana Wildlife Park. The giraffe, named Fanana, had been flown from Sydney to Auckland and been driven down to Wellington by truck before crossing Cook Strait aboard Aratere.

21 June 2013

Latest update from KiwiRail 21 June 2013, 1:48pm

17 May 2013

Interislander will be giving its flagship passenger ferry – the Kaitaki – a bit of a spruce up this winter. Following the recent decision to renew the lease for another four years until 2017, a refurbishment of the passenger areas on the ship will be completed when the ship goes into dry dock in August this year.

17 April 2013

Interislander has today announced the decision to renew the lease on the Kaitaki ferry for another four years.

30 November 2012

“Interislander can confirm that mediation with the Aviation and Marine Engineers Association (AMEA) and Merchant Services Guild (MSG) has concluded and a settlement has been reached. The unions have withdrawn their strike notices and our lock-out notices have been lifted.

16 November 2012

Aviation and Marine Engineers Association (AMEA) and Merchant Services Guild (MSG) have issued Interislander with strike notices.

27 September 2012

Interislander is getting behind today’s World Tourism Day campaign, which encourages tourism operators around the world to play their part in introducing and promoting sustainable initiatives in the tourism sector. The campaign’s theme ‘Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development’ urges everyone involved in tourism – from governments to businesses and tourists themselves – to learn more about sustainable energy initiatives in the tourism sector.

13 August 2012

Interislander is celebrating half a century of moving freight and passengers across the Cook Strait, 50 years to the day since the Aramoana made her first sailing from Wellington to Picton and after considerable scepticism that Cook Strait ferries could operate successfully.

8 August 2012

Interislander will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with staff (both past and present), passengers and freight customers on Monday 13 August – 50 years to the day since the Aramoana made its first sailing from Wellington to Picton.

22 May 2012

Interislander’s innovative system for managing the carriage of dangerous goods has been announced as not only a finalist in this year’s upcoming Wellington Gold Awards but also for an International Safety at Sea award.

18 April 2012

Interislander’s innovative system for managing the carriage of dangerous goods has been announced as a finalist in this year’s Wellington Gold Awards.

8 February 2012

More than eighty Interislander staff graduated with an NCEA qualification last night following an initiative by the ferry operator to help their staff complete their credits.

27 January 2012

Tickets are on sale now for a unique cruise around the stunning Marlborough Sounds to raise funds for crucial local emergency services.