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Interislander - Cook Strait Ferries

Simple. Fresh. Delicious.

Beloved kiwi meals, vibrant vegetarian dishes and sweet treats can be found aboard Interislander.

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Nourish yourself for the journey ahead, tuck into your favourite foods sourced from the Wellington and Marlborough regions.  Enjoy drinks and snacks with friends or a full wine-matched dining experience in the Premium Lounge. Arrive revitalised, ready to continue your journey. 

We aim to showcase the best of our home region’s renowned food and drink from locally roasted Laffare Coffee, to freshly baked goods, Marlborough Sounds salmon, and Wellington-crafted beers like Garage Project and Parrot Dog. 

Each ship offers different places to eat, drink or dine depending on the time of day. You might be looking for coffee and snacks from Hector’s Cafe, a more substantial meal in the Ocean View Eatery, a drink and light meal in the Island Bar or an all-inclusive experience in the Premium Lounge. 

Changing with the seasons 

As the seasons change, so do our menus, ensuring that each meal is crafted with the freshest locally sourced ingredients available. Our grab and go meals are prepared for each sailing in our Wellington-based kitchen with others being assembled onboard. 

Here’s a sample of our current menu, inspired by “a taste of home. 

Grab-and-go

After a quick snack, or a Marlborough Sounds sunset picnic on the observation deck? Our grab-and-go range of items are fast, fresh and delicious and cater for a variety of dietary needs. Pick up a hearty sandwich, tasty butter chicken pie or a crunchy veggie-filled poke bowl. 

“The food was delicious and so was the coffee.”

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Food-court favourites

If you're craving a classic Kiwi meal, look no further than our food-court favourites. Treat yourself to our iconic fish and chips with the essential tomato sauce. Rich curries, hearty soups, deluxe burgers and sensational salads are also on offer. 

“The ferry was very comfortable, and the food offerings were a cut above similar trips, in my experience.”

A hosted, relaxed dining environment

For a more elevated dining experience, join us in our premium lounge where you can indulge in a full meal complemented by carefully curated wine and beer pairings. Advance booking is recommended as premium lounge passes are limited.

“The premium lounge is seriously wonderful. The food and drink selections are great. The staff are lovely and helpful.”

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Kid-friendly options

Travelling with children? You’ll appreciate our kid-friendly options. Whether you are on board for breakfast, lunch or dinner there are playful meals served in ship-shaped boxes.

If you need to heat up pre-prepared meals or bottles for little ones, please ask the crew.

Diets that differ

We offer a range of options including vegetarian, plant-based, and gluten-free choices. Our seasonal menus ensure that there's always something fresh and exciting to enjoy on board. Ask our crew for a flyer listing options, allergens and ingredients. 

Please note, for those with highly restrictive diets we recommend bringing prepared meals with you where possible. 

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“We really appreciated having vegetarian food options that were both tasty and good value for money (including the poke bowl, margarita pizza and fries).”
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Did someone say Scone O’Clock?

You might catch a sailing with our famous scone trolley. The crew will bring the trolley to you, enjoy a warm scone with butter, jam or cream (or cream and jam, whatever you fancy). A tasty morning or afternoon tea. 

"The scone trolley was a lovely gesture and the crew farewell was a throwback to the grand days of ship travel."

Keeping it local in the bar

Supporting local producers is important to us, which is why we proudly feature a choice of beers and wines from the Marlborough, Wairarapa, and Wellington regions. You’ll find Hop Federation Beer and Tohu Wine from mana whenua partners Kono Beverages in our fridges. Try something different on board and find a new kiwi favourite as you take in the serene beauty of the Marlborough Sounds from the Island Bar. 

Please note, all food and beverage options are subject to availability and can differ by vessel.

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