Kaitaki lease renewed

17 April 2013 11:11AM

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

“Kaitaki has been our flagship since her arrival in 2005 and is the largest passenger ferry in New Zealand.

“With capacity for up to 60 trucks on each night sailing, and some trucks during daily passenger journeys, Kaitaki has been relied upon to carry time sensitive deliveries between North and South Island such as perishable goods, urgent courier shipments and retail products. She has served us very well over the last eight years," says Interislander General Manager Thomas Davis.

Interislander originally took out a five year lease on the 1650 passenger, 550 car capacity ferry from European owners Irish Continental Group in 2005, with an option for a three year extension in June 2010. This option was taken up and the lease was extended until 30 June 2013.

"The last two summers have been the busiest ever for Kaitaki, and with the growth in popularity of our Kaitaki Plus luxury lounge and anticipated future demand, we are confident we are making the right move in keeping the ship with Interislander."

Issued by KiwiRail (Contact: Sophie Lee, Senior Communications Advisor, KiwiRail (04) 498 3181 or (027) 435 9464 sophie.lee@kiwirail.co.nz)