Interislander – Where the Journey Becomes a Destination

Posted by Paul Holman on May 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

At TRENZ, I had the chance to connect with the people at Interislander – they were excited to tell me about one of their ships, Aratere, which has recently undergone some major renovations. It had been lengthened in late 2011 – then lengthened, at a cost of $53 million.

Interislander is the New Zealand ferry service which travels between the North and South Islands, one of the most spectacular cruises in the world. With 92 km of breathtaking views, the three-hour journey between Wellington and Picton really is one of the country’s most iconic tourism activities.

Interislander, is turning 50 in August 2012, which I think is cause for celebration. (They gave me a glass of wine during our time to celebrate.) It operates three ships, the Kaitaki, Arahura and Aratere, for you and your vehicle. They have up to 11 sailings a day, so there is always a wide choice of travel times. Each ship offers a safe, comfortable and affordable journey between the North and South Islands of New Zealand. And each ship also provides a complete range of onboard services, to ensure that your trip across the Cook Strait will be both enjoyable and unforgettable.

Once you’re on your Interislander journey, you can take a stroll on the decks, enjoy a meal, a drink from the bar or even catch the latest movie releases. Or you could just choose to relax and take in the breathtaking view.

Did you know that musicians can ride the passage for free if they perform for the passengers on the sailing? And for those who have swam the Cook Strait, you qualify for free travel on Interislander for life in their “Freedom of the Ferries” program.

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