Interislander operates three ferries that travel between the North and South Island, the Kaiarahi, Aratere and Kaitaki. In a year, Interislander undertakes around 4000 crossings of Cook Strait each year, carrying around 800,000 passengers and around 220,000 passenger vehicles, and provide more than 2 million lane metres of freight capacity, including rail. Interislander is the market leader in transporting its customers across the Cook Strait and provides a vital service linking the country, not just for the travelling public, but also for rail and commercial vehicle freight.
But Interislander is not just about transporting people and freight, the company does a whole lot more, such as sponsoring a wide range of groups and activities.
Bands, for example, can sing for their passage, giving a performance on board in exchange for free travel. At the other end of the musical spectrum, The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra also benefits from discounted travel and other forms of support. As does the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard, Lifeflight, Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust along with basketball teams, at both local and regional level.
Interislander is an iconic New Zealand travel experience and has been connecting New Zealand since 1962. Interislander has come a long way in over 50 years with the journey now internationally recognised as one of the best in the world. Lonely Planet describes it as “not just the link between islands, it’s a New Zealand experience not be missed” and US magazine, Wine Spectator, describes it as “one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world” with the scenery described as “jaw droppingly stunning!”
Over 38 million people have travelled with Interislander since 1962 and the company plans on making New Zealanders and International visitors' journeys between the islands an iconic Kiwi experience for many more years to come.
Interislander is headed up by Mark Thompson, General Manager Operations. He is responsible for around 600 staff which includes ship crew and onboard services staff with its head office located on Featherston Street, Wellington.
Interislander website here www.greatjourneysofnz.co.nz/interislander/