12 July 2017 1:01PM

Sailings of the Interislander ferries have been cancelled due to the deterioration of weather in Cook Strait, with the up to 7-metre-high waves arriving earlier than predicted. 

15 June 2017 9:09AM

Sailings of the Interislander ferries will resume from Thursday morning. Wednesday sailings were cancelled due to severe weather but forecasts show that swells will reduce overnight making early morning sailings possible.

15 December 2016 9:09AM

The Transport Accident Investigation Committee’s report into the loss of the Interislander ferry Aratere’s propeller in 2013 makes valuable recommendations around the standard for advanced propeller manufacture, KiwiRail Group General Manager Todd Moyle says.

06 December 2016 12:12PM

KiwiRail’s Interislander ferries are back in full operation for the first time since the Kaikoura earthquake, with the railspan that allows rail wagons to be loaded on the Aratere now restored.

29 November 2016 3:03PM

The Interislander Ferry Terminal in Picton is back in full operation, allowing KiwiRail Interislander passenger services to return to normal for the first time since the Kaikoura earthquake.

28 November 2016 6:06PM

KiwiRail’s Interislander ferry Aratere will resume sailing  Cook Strait from first thing tomorrow (Tuesday November 29) after the linkspan at Wellington’s Ferry Terminal, used to load and discharge vehicles was damaged during the Kaikoura quake a fortnight ago.

18 November 2016 2:02PM

The Picton Passenger Terminal has re-opened and foot passengers are now able to be booked for sailings across Cook Strait.

02 May 2016 11:11AM

Work is underway at the Picton Interislander terminal ahead of Aratere heading off to a scheduled dry-dock in Singapore. 

03 February 2016 1:01PM

Interislander has delivered a strong summer holiday season with the highest number of passenger vehicles carried since competition began in 2003, and the highest-ever December revenue, KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy says.

13 December 2013 10:10AM

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 6:06PM

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 9:09AM

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 3:03PM

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 8:08AM

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 11:11AM

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 3:03PM

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.

07 November 2013 5:05PM

“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.

06 November 2013 4:04PM

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 4:04PM

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.

04 July 2013 4:04PM

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 1:01PM

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

17 May 2013 11:11AM

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 11:11AM

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

30 November 2012 9:09AM

“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 5:05PM

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

27 September 2012 9:09AM

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 6:06AM

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.

08 August 2012 1:01PM

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 2:02PM

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 1:01PM

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

08 February 2012 10:10AM

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 12:12PM

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