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Arahura is a Māori word meaning "pathway to dawn". The Arahura River on the South Island's West Coast is the country's main source of New Zealand jade (also known as New Zealand greenstone or pounamu). So precious was greenstone to Maori that they called the South Island "Te Wai Pounamu" - the place of the greenstone.

Arahura can carry up to 550 passengers and has been sailing across the Cook Strait since 1983.

With a bar and food court, Arahura offers extensive food and beverage facilities designed to suit all tastes.

The onboard facilities are equally comprehensive.  Outside observation decks, lounges, Wi-Fi Internet and a cinema, will make your journey across the Cook Strait a memorable part of your holiday.

This year, we will bid farewell to Arahura after more than 30 years of sterling service.  Her last passenger sailings are on July 29th, so be in quick if you would like to join us in saying Haere Rā.

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