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Interislander - Cook Strait Ferries


Interislander's largest ferry, with restaurants, two movie theatres, a bar, shop, lounges and a whole deck dedicated to children, Kaitaki is a perfect fit for the whole family.

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Kaitaki can carry up to 1,350 passengers. Onboard, she features a huge Ocean View Eatery, Hector's Café, Island Bar and Café, a large soft play area for children, a shop, cabins, nurseries, and three lounge choices - the Premium Lounge, a family-friendly Pelorus Jack Lounge, and the Queen Charlotte Lounge.

Kaitaki's most distinctive feature, the Lookout Atrium, has floor to ceiling windows across two levels.  There is simply no better place to sit and watch the world float by.

Welcome onboard Kaitaki



Kaitaki has a choice of three lounges to travel in comfort across Cook Strait. Each includes a guaranteed seat and food and beverage options.

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Premium Lounge

The Premium Lounge is Kaitaki's private room reserved for passengers 18 years and over.   It is undoubtedly the most comfortable and luxurious way to cross Te Moana o Raukawakawa Cook Strait. 

Your ticket to the Premium Lounge includes spacious and comfortable seating, a complimentary buffet meal accompanied by your choice of regional New Zealand wine or craft beer.  

Our attentive Premium Lounge hosts will make sure you feel right at home during the journey.

Tickets to the Premium Lounge are available from reception or online when you book.

“This was our first experience with interislander and truly enjoyed it. The premium lounge was very relaxing, enjoyable and the food and staff were terrific and accomodating.”

The Premium Lounge is restricted to passengers 18 years and over. To reserve your place, simply add it to your booking.

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Pelorus Jack Lounge 

If you're travelling with the family, the Pelorus Jack Lounge may be the perfect spot for you.

Large windows and comfortable chairs and tables ensure you get a great view.  A light buffet with tea and coffee is included in the ticket price.

Children aged 2 and over are welcome. 

Tickets to the Pelorus Jack Lounge are available from reception or online as you book.

“Made our crossing with our small child so much easier and relaxing! We would highly recommend this experience.”
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Queen Charlotte Lounge

In this adults-only area you can relax in a comfortable leather recliner while you soak in the views.  You'll also receive a $15 food and beverage voucher to use at any of the food outlets onboard Kaitaki. 

Tickets to the Queen Charlotte Lounge are available from reception or online as you book.

“Booked the Queen Charlotte Lounge, adults only, nice and quiet and not too busy, loved it.”

Places to eat, drink and explore on Kaitaki

Kaitaki has a number of eateries, cafe's, bars, spaces for children, and a gift shop to enjoy onboard. 

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Island Bar and Café

A perfect place to grab a barista coffee and a croissant in the morning, or a cold beer, a glass of wine and a light snack in the afternoon, you'll find Island Bar and Café towards the rear of Deck 8.

On many sailings, you'll be treated to a range of live music courtesy of our Bands On Board programme.

Ocean View Eatery

With excellent food, including kids' meals, comfortable seats, stunning views and a relaxing environment, the Ocean View Eatery is a great place to settle down and enjoy the entire journey. 

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Hector's Café

Located on Deck 7, towards the front of the ferry, if you are hankering after a delicious slice of cake or an amazing barista coffee, Hector's Café is the place to go.

The Lookout Atrium 

Beyond the Island Bar & Café on Deck 8 you will find a large atrium, split across two levels and featuring floor to ceiling windows. There is quite simply no better place to sit and watch the world float by.

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Gift Shop

Whether you need a a cool new t-shirt, a pair of sunnies, or something entertaining for the kids, you will find it all in our gift shop on Deck 8. Remember to check out our range of Interislander souvenirs.

Outside Viewing Areas

Kaitaki has several large outdoor viewing areas around Deck 7 and a outdoor seating area on Deck 10. These spaces are perfect for soaking up the spectacular views of the Marlborough Sounds - so make sure you bring a camera!

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The amazing scenery from Kaitaki's viewing deck 

Other facilities

Here are some of the other facilities available on Kaitaki to ensure your journey is as comfortable as possible.

Play Zone

Specially designed for children aged 3 to 10 years, Play Zone offers a fun and active environment. Light snacks and drinks are availble for hungry tummies. You'll find Play Zone on Deck 2.


Free Activity Books

Interislander Activity Books are packed full of activities and puzzles to keep the kids entertained throughout the journey. Books are available from the Gift Shop on Deck 8 and they are free.



Four small nurseries are available for those travelling with little ones. Each nursery has bathroom facilities, two comfortable chairs and a changing station. Nursery 4 also has a cot.

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Kaitaki has two cinemas on Deck 2.

Movies, including new releases, are chosen daily and tickets are available from Play Zone on Deck 2. 



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Stay connected onboard with our free WiFi. 

You can use up to 500MB.  This is enough to enable you to check your emails, read the latest news and post on social media. If you want to watch a movie or your favourite TV show, we recommend you download it before you come onboard.

Kaitaki has a dedicated smoking and vaping area outside on Deck 7. Smoking and vaping is forbidden in all other areas of the ship.

Kaitaki has lifts to take you from the car decks to the passenger area and the lifts can also take you between Decks 8 and 9. There are ramps and handrails. Accessible toilets are available - just ask our crew for directions.

Find out more about accessibility on all three of our ferries

Bands on Board

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