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17 December 2014

Interislander ferry Aratere has encountered what is believed to be an electrical fault on her arrival into Wellington this afternoon.  The vessel was still fully operational, and berthed safely, and passengers disembarked.  However, her scheduled 1445 departure was cancelled to allow time to identify and repair the fault.  Affected passengers have been transferred onto alternative sailings. 

The Interislander team is working to identify and rectify the fault as quickly as possible.

9 December 2014

The Interislander ferry Arahura will be replaced by the Stena Alegra from mid-2015, KiwiRail announced today. 

1 December 2014

We understand and acknowledge the considerable speculation about  a possible replacement for the Arahura. 

7 November 2014

Interislander engineers spent the night working and testing on board Arahura.  Full test have been carried out of the bridge and engine room controls, as well as the safety, alarm and override systems.  The engineers are confident the fault has been identified and successfully repaired, and successful sea trials were carried out.

6 November 2014

The Interislander ferry Arahura is safely in the Wellington berth and is discharging passengers and freight.

6 November 2014

The Interislander ferry Arahura has lost power to its propulsion shafts coming into her berth in Wellington.  Her bow thrusters were still operational so the ship had some capacity to manoeuvre.

4 November 2014

Interislander is pleased to announce the addition of an additional return passenger sailing for the summer months.

15 October 2014

Interislander has scheduled an extra sailing of Arahura for Labour Day, due to heavy passenger demand.

25 August 2014

The Interislander ferry Arahura left Wellington for her scheduled bi-annual dry-docking in Devonport on Sunday 25 August.  She last visited Auckland in July 2012.

2 July 2014

Interislander ferry Aratere berthed in Wellington this morning, following a five month absence during which she underwent repair work and scheduled two yearly dry dock maintenance in Singapore.

30 June 2014

KiwiRail has today provided detailed information about the Interislander ferry’s return to service, and the repairs carried out on her while she was in Singapore.

25 June 2014

The mighty quiet achiever Interisland ferry Arahura will make her 50,000th crossing of Cook Strait tomorrow morning. 

16 June 2014

The Interislander ferry Aratere left Singapore overnight and is now en route for New Zealand.

12 May 2014

GM Interislander, Thomas Davis, rejects claims made today by MP Winston Peters’ that KiwiRail has covered-up three incidents involving Interislander ferries.

10 May 2014

The Stena Alegra’s owners and ship’s classification society, Rina, have agreed to a temporary and safe solution proposed by Interislander’s maritime experts that will allow the ship to go back into service.

9 May 2014

While the Stena Alegra ferry was underway yesterday the crew noticed a mechanical issue with the ship.

11 April 2014

Repairs to the Stena Alegra hull damaged this week in high winds are progressing well.

17 January 2014

Aratere’s interim replacement ship, Stena Alegra, has been cleared to resume service following an issue that arose this morning on the ship.

17 January 2014

Technicians are assisting Interislander in solving an issue that arose this morning on Aratere’s interim replacement ship, Stena Alegra. The ship has berthed at Aotea Quay while the issue is investigated.

17 January 2014

This morning, around 5am, Aratere’s interim replacement ship, Stena Alegra, suffered a partial loss of power upon its departure out of Wellington which has affected some of the control systems for one of the propellers.

10 January 2014

Aratere’s interim replacement ship, Stena Alegra, will enter service on Monday 13 January with its first passenger sailing departing Wellington for Picton at 5pm. 

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.