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Travelling with Livestock

Livestock transportation must be arranged with our freight reservation team. Please contact them by calling 0800 660 670 or emailing freight@interislander.co.nz.

When conveying livestock on Interislander it is critical that the following requirements are met:

  • All vehicles carrying livestock must be fitted with effluent holding tanks with sufficient capacity to ensure effluent does not leak while on-board the vessels. Any vehicles that are seen to be leaking effluent may be refused passage.
  • Livestock should be adequately de-watered prior to travel. De-watered animals retain their condition better during travel as well as minimising effluent.
  • Due to minimal overhead clearance onboard, vehicles must be fitted with covers to prevent animals rearing above the height of the truck.
  • Special considerations are required for transporting lactating cattle - consult with MAF if unsure.

For further information on animal welfare during transport please refer to MAF's website.

We do not take cattle onboard when the Significant Wave Height exceeds 4 metres. Providing you have booked your livestock aboard, we will notify you in advance if the wave height is expected to exceed this and move you to a later sailing if required.

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