The Kaiarahi has seen major upgrades and passenger area refurbishments in recent years. The vessel can carry up to 550 passengers and contains 1900 metres of vehicle capacity. The ship is spread over nine decks with three open to the public. Over the various floors there is plenty to keep voyagers occupied as they cross the picturesque New Zealand waters between the North and South Islands.
With renovated passenger lounges and luxurious upgrades to Premium Plus and comfortable cabins, it promises to be a smooth sailing experience for all who make the crossing. There are a number of different eateries to suit all tastes, a shop to make sure your stocked up on everything for your travels and free WiFi as part of the ticket price.
There are a small number of cabins available for passengers, allowing you to arrive at your destination refreshed and relaxed. The two berth cabins all have en suite facilities and come serviced with linen towels and soap. Included in the price of cabin hire is a voucher for two complimentary hot drinks and a newspaper.
If you want some added comfort but don’t fancy a cabin, you can go for the Kaiarahi Premium Plus option. This onboard lounge provides luxurious reclining seating but with added extras such as Sky TV, Newspapers and Magazines and also complimentary food and beverages. Depending on the time of sailing you’ll receive a cooked breakfast or a hot lunch.
You won’t struggle for food options during your voyage as the ship has a fully stocked food court and café at your disposal, with plenty of seating. The Ocean Eatery provides views of the cerulean waters while you enjoy the delicious local dishes served onboard. The improved amenities also include a bar to help you while away the hours on your crossing. The Lookout Lounge provides the perfect place to do this, as you can kick back with a drink and admire the stunning views between New Zealand’s magnificent North and South islands.
A great range of products are on sale aboard the Kaiarahi. The shop is stocked with souvenirs, newspapers and magazines, sweets and postcards and stamps. There is a Bureau de Change for your last minute currency needs.
There’s no need to go hours without contacting family and friends or even fall behind on your work, as the ship comes with complimentary WiFi for all guests. You can enjoy the sun, breeze and spectacular panoramic views from the observation decks.
Those travelling with young children have options on the Kaiarahi. A Kids Area and Nursery can be found next to each other on Deck 8, where playing equipment and televisions showing Disney Playhouse Channel are provided. Cots and changing facilities are available in the nursery for babies and infants.
The ship has a single lift for non-vehicle passengers and a second wider lift on the Vehicle Deck. Both give full access to Decks 7 and 8 which allows passengers to the lounges, café, bar, food court, family areas, viewing areas and the shop. There are also accessible toilets on both floors.
Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Kaiarahi guide as accurate as possible, onboard facilities, services and entertainment may vary depending on the date and time of year that you travel, facilities mentioned may change without notification and ferry companies reserve the right to operate vessels other than those mentioned at time of booking without prior notification.
96% of our customers recommended this ship
"Picton to Wellington"
The ferry was on time until it came to unloading at Wellington. Foot passengers were held on board and had to disembark via bus due to issues with passenger ramp. Not great when on a timetable for the airport. On a positive note it was great the staff highlighted a pod of Dolphins which joined us for part of the journey across Cook Strait.
Reviewed by Anonymous who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
No problems. We arrived early and everyone was loaded on the ship and we left on time. There was a good choice of food and luckily it was dry and warm and we were able to sit on deck and enjoy the views.
Reviewed by Michelle who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
The trip from the South to the North island of New Zealand was very comfortable. We had an upgrade to the plus cabin, which meant plenty of food and comfortable seating. An excellent tripp.
Reviewed by David who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
Nice journey, included meal and good wifi internet access.
Reviewed by Stanley who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
Reviewed by Gerald who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
"North to South "
Super crossing with brilliant service right from the start. Upgraded to the Plus Lounge with complimentary food and drink!
Reviewed by Richard who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
"Wellington to Picton "
Excellent crossing to Picton, ; efficient processes for embarking & dis-embarking.
Reviewed by Roger who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
"Ferry Wellington to Picton "
Fabulous journey. Scenery is spectacular. Had use of the plus lounge with complimentary food and drink. Really nice touch. Very enjoyable.
Reviewed by Philip who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
"Good and Bad!"
We travelled from Picton and back from Wellington to Picton and enjoyed fabulous, smooth and very scenic afternoon passages. The staff were helpful the food freshly cooked. Our seats were comfortable and the loading was quick and professionally directed. However we were not impressed by Direct Ferries bookings as we were under the impression we had booked lounge access and feel that the booking process needs to be looked at by trading standards and we will be considering taking action, a cheap meal voucher is not the same thing and Direct Ferries did not answer my emails.
Reviewed by P & K Matthews who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
"Trip to Wellington"
Efficient service and the Premier Lounge is excellent value great choice of food.
Reviewed by Erica who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
"Hassle free way to travel between north & south NZ islands"
Very easy check in process with luggage taken from us and made available on arrival at Wellington quicker than normal experience at airports. Provision of NZ$15 food vouchers each made booking with Direct Ferries a good deal. Not worth using plus Lounge.
Reviewed by Christopher who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
Loved our trip on the Wellington to Picton route. Beautiful scenery. Staff so helpful and loved the all inclusive lounge. thank you
Reviewed by Stephen who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
"Great way to travel"
Ship was clean and on time. We had opted for the plus lounge. Very friendly and the food was great with beer and wine and soft drinks. Also was great to get outside and see the scenery
Reviewed by Mark who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
The organization on the ship was very good. The car boarding as well as the unboarding was easy and quick. We got free lounge access from direct ferries so we had really good food for free.
Reviewed by Anonymous who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
The ferry was clean and the staff were very friendly and professional.... the trip departure and arrival were on time as planned and our luggage were waiting for us as soon as we got in the arrivals terminal.
Reviewed by Kienan who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
Great time in the ferry from Wellington to Picton. Everything incredible.
Reviewed by Carlos Javier who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
"Smooth Crossing "
A very comfortable and good crossing on a turbulent sea with excellent service on board.
Reviewed by Valentina who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
"Nice trip "
Everything ok! Despite of the bad weather the experience was great!
Reviewed by Antonio who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
A wonderful crossing - friendly staff and the Plus Lounge was well worth the money. We saw dolphins and a wide variety of sea birds too !
Reviewed by Chris who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi
Awesome trip. Great service in the upgrade lounge, lunch and drinks included. Journey was spectacular so a very memorable journey at a very reasonable price.
Reviewed by Simon who travelled with Interislander on Kaiarahi