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Kaitaki

Operated by Interislander on the Picton Wellington route

The Kaitaki is the largest vessel not only in the Interislander fleet but on also New Zealand waters. The ship carries 1,650 passengers and has 1,780 lane metres for vehicles. This sumptuous sailing service has cabin options, so you can kick back and relax or even get some shuteye while on your voyage. If you upgrade to Kaitaki Plus you have the added bonus of extra luxurious seating, Sky TV and complimentary food and drink, amongst other perks.

If you haven’t upgraded there is still a high quality service on offer. There are a number of choices of where to eat and drink, from eating with an ocean view to classic café meals. There are amusements for both young and old, with the onboard Movie Theatre and Children’s Play areas. Shopping facilities are available along with a Bureau de Change. There is also free WiFi for all passengers.

Onboard Cabins / Reserved Seating

Cabins are available for you to lie back and relax during your voyage. The cabins are four berth and all come with en suite facilities. The rooms are fully serviced with towels, linen and soap for you to stay refreshed. Included in the price are two vouchers for complimentary hot beverages and also board games and other forms of entertainment to help you and your family while away the hours during your crossing.

Kaitaki Plus offers another luxurious and comfortable option when travelling between the New Zealand islands. Your ticket gives you exclusive access to comfortable seating, Sky TV, newspapers and magazines as well as complimentary food and drink. This includes a cooked breakfast or hot lunch depending on your time of sailing.

Onboard Food and Drink

A number of eateries and bars are at your disposal during your crossing. The café on Deck 7 serves a wide range of authentic food, including cakes, pastries, sandwiches and paninis. The coffee counter offers delicious barista made drinks, including espresso, cappuccino, latte, flat white and the usual favourites.

On Deck 8 you’ll find the Ocean View Eatery, where you’ll be able to sample a delightful selection of snacks and meals whilst overlooking the crystalline waters. Also on the same level is the Local Heroes Bar and Café. This is where you can enjoy local wines, beers and spirits as well as your normal café culinary delights.

Onboard Shopping

A great range of products are on sale aboard the Kaitaki. The shop is stocked with souvenirs, newspapers and magazines, sweets and postcards and stamps. You can also get your hands on cinema tickets for the latest movie releases being shown in the theatre on Deck 2.

Additional Onboard Facilities

There are a number of additions that will help you enjoy your journey. The Movie Theatre shows the latest movie releases, with showings suitable for all ages. Local bands and performers are often used onboard, including magicians and clowns for younger passengers. A Bureau de Change is available for any passengers who need to exchange some last minute currency and free WiFi so you don’t have to fall behind on work or lose contact with friends and family.

Travelling with Children

Young passengers will not get bored on their voyage with a variety of options to suit all ages. The Family Lounge is equipped with a preschool play area and Disney Playhouse Channel showing on television screens. On Deck 2 there is a bigger play area for slightly older children where they can climb, slide, run around and burn off energy. Families also have the option to use the nurseries in the four cabins that include cots and changing facilities, ideal if you are travelling with babies and infants.

Accessibility

The Kaitaki is the biggest and most accommodating ship in the Interislander fleet. Despite amenities being spread over a number of decks most are easily accessible. There are two lifts between Decks 3 and 5, and Decks 7 and 8. The roof viewing area is only accessible by stairs but all major facilities are available.

Please Note: Whilst we have taken great care in making our Kaitaki 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.

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Onboard Kaitaki

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Kaitaki Reviews

4.6
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100% of our customers recommended this ship

  • General:4.6
  • Staff:4.7
  • Catering:4.5
  • Punctuality:4.6
  • Cleanliness:4.5
  • "Refund of $$$ "

    The ride was good . We need the appropriate refund of $$ as our hertz rental car wasn’t allow to enter the ferry . I had written an email , pending for your reply please .

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    Reviewed by Tsing Yien Choa Bryan who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Interislander"

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time onboard the Interislander from Wellington to Picton and return with my car. Everything went smoothly (even the water) and I was able to relax and enjoy the Kaitaki Plus Lounge

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    Reviewed by Marjorie who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Fab crossing"

    Well impressed with whole experience from check-in to arrival, only problem was actually finding the terminal from City centre as very poor signage

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    Reviewed by Denise who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Best ferry crossing in the world"

    I had a fantastic experience on the Wellington to Picton ferry and back. WiFi on board, the plus lounge was fantastic with great food and wine. The scenery was stunning and journey time was as predicted.

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    Reviewed by Thomas who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Great trip"

    Staff very friendly and welcoming. Ship really clean. Arrived on board and shown to premium class lounge which we didn't know we had booked. Free breakfast and then morning tea with pastries, sandwiches and drinks. Well worth the money. Loved it. Was a little late on arrival nut weather wasn't great.

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    Reviewed by Geraldine who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Beautiful journey with great connections "

    I travelled from Wellington to Picton on the ferry. I arrived at the terminal at 8am for the 9am departure, which seemed perfect, although there were a lot of people already there. I misguidedly headed straight to the top deck (it quickly got windy and cold) but should have gone for a window seat at the front of the ferry on level 7 or 8, as these offer the best view in comfort. There’s not so much to see at the beginning of the journey, but the second half is stunning. Checking in and collecting luggage is very efficient. The connections at Picton are really convenient for buses, the train and hire cars.

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    Reviewed by Anonymous who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Excellent premier lounge staff "

    The staff were welcoming, generous and made sure we were looked after. They were attentive and went out of their way to cater for my dietary requirements. Excellent service.

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    Reviewed by Hayley who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Very good "

    Wellington to Picton everything excellent

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    Reviewed by Jane who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Pleasant crossing"

    This was a good experience from beginning to end. The check in simple and well organised and the staff helpful. The ship was clean and comfortable and food was not as overpriced as you sometimes find. Disembarking was civilised and orderly under the guidance of staff and luggage collection was faster than expected. All in all this was a pleasant part of our holiday in New Zealand

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    Reviewed by Stuart who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Ferry experience"

    All staff were very friendly and professional. We were given a food voucher for journey which went a long way in purchasing coffee and lunch as well as snacks for our journey. My husband ate fish and chips which were delicious and I had vegetarian lasagne with a lovely salad, so happy there was catering for vegetarians. The trip was a dream crossing, sun was shining and seas were calm. Getting on and off with car was very smooth and trouble free.

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    Reviewed by Beamer Dreamers who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Great crossing"

    Despite strong northerly winds we had a great crossing. Excellent food and service in Premium Lounge. Well worth the extra cost.

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    Reviewed by Anonymous who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Pleasant crossing, friendly staff, good food"

    We selected the premium cabin experience w/breakfast & lunch. The food was good and the lounge relaxing and quiet. If we had only one comment about the premium lounge is it is tucked away on one side of the ship, with very limited views. If you wanted to see anything, you had to leave the lounge. Other ferries, this lounge occupies a portion of the front, with excellent views. We noted that the furnishings and catering facilities in the carriage sections were excellent, and the views far more extensive.

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    Reviewed by Anonymous who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Helpful & full information"

    The ship had everything you needed. All went smoothly and as advertised. Plenty of helpful pre-sailing information to help plan the trip. Loved seeing the dolphins swimming alongside.

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    Reviewed by Gillian who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "A very enjoyable experience"

    The ship provided everything I was expecting - it was comfortable and reliable

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    Reviewed by Anonymous who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Fabulous crossing on InterIslander"

    What a brilliant way to travel from north to South Island. The ship is really well equipped and the facilities are outstanding. A real pleasure and unmissable part of the holiday.

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    Reviewed by Nick who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Crossing"

    A very pleasant crossing, staff very informative. Premium club lounge was amazing. Would do it again.

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    Reviewed by Robert who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "The trip"

    It was a brilliant crossing,and the premier club lounge was fantastic. Well done everyone concerned.

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    Reviewed by Robert who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "SUPERB SAILING ON A MODERN COMFORTABLE FERRY"

    Our trip was perfect in every way--easy to book online, easy to embark/disembark with our vehicle. The ship was very clean and comfortable, and all staff were extremely courteous and helpful Will definitely use Interislander again--its a 5 star service

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    Reviewed by Peter who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Great scenic trip"

    Welcoming staff. Comfortable seating areas and excellent views from the top deck or deck 7. Cafe with good range of drinks and tempting eats. Lovely scenic views, highly recommended.

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    Reviewed by Anonymous who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Rough!"

    Rough weather when onboard nyt the personnel was smiling, brought paper bags and ice cubes to us travelling and smiled again. Great service!

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    Reviewed by Sari who travelled with Interislander on Kaitaki

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