Interislander Ferry

Our trusted partner Interislander have been taking all sorts of vehicles across Cook Strait for over 60 years, so they know a thing or two about looking after you and your vehicle as you sail between Wellington and Picton. Their three ferries, Kaitaki, Aratere and Kaiarahi, cross the Cook Strait throughout the day.

Cruising on the Interislander is a must-do experience for all Kiwis and views of the Queen Charlotte Sound and Wellington Harbour are unmissable and even better from the many viewing points on the ferries. Each ferry is equipped with wifi, a shop, cafes, bars, children's play areas and lounges that cater to your specific needs - whether that be an all-inclusive experience, a quiet space or a space dedicated to families, and Interislander also feature cinemas on Kaitaki and Aratere.

Get exclusive NZMCA rates

Interislander offer members up to 50% off on their most flexible ferry fares - free to change and 100% refundable - and exclusive discounts on their lounges. One return trip will save you the cost of your first year's NZMCA membership. The discount applies to all fares (excluding equestrian and towing trucks above 3.5 tonne), including foot passenger fares. It's generally higher for vehicles of 7m+ and there is a cap on the discount during peak season. 

To get the member discount, click 'book now' and enter the discount code. Enter your membership number and email (as recorded on your membership) - if the details match, your membership is verified and you can complete your booking.

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Discount code: FA5239
 

Membership won't verify? The issue could be a spelling error, the wrong email, or it could be time to renew. Check whether it's the right email by logging in to the members portal - if you sign in successfully it's correct and you can check online if you need to renew. Please keep in mind, if you continue to book without verification no discount will be applied, and the booking will be completed at standard retail rates. Call National Office on 09 298 5466 if you need to update your email.

If you're booking over the phone with the Interislander Call Centre or need their help, contact them on 0800 802 802 (Mon - Sun incl. Public Holidays, 8am – 5pm). Reference the discount code, your membership number, and email address.

Member rates allow for unlimited date changes (subject to availability), at no cost, and are fully refundable.

Click on the link below to view or download Interislander group rates for NZMCA members: 

GROUP RATES 22-23 - valid to 31 March 2023
GROUP RATES 23-24 - valid from 1 April 2023 till 31 March 2024

Great benefits of sailing the Interislander

Easy drive on and off the Ferry 

If you’re towing a trailer or caravan, or crossing with a Motorhome or 5th Wheeler, choose to travel on Kaitaki or Kaiarahi which both allow you to drive on one end and exit out the other.

The link spans are flat enough to avoid scraping the bottom of your vehicles when driving on and off. Kaiarahi also has larger vehicle capacity than the other ferries.

Indulge with a lounge upgrade

Get an exclusive member discount on Interislander's lounges, and easily add one on as an extra to your booking. Enjoy the adults-only Premium lounges and Queen Charlotte Lounge, or take your kids (aged 2-17) along with you to enjoy the new Pelorus Jack Lounge.

Simply select the lounge on the ‘Extras’ screen during the booking process.

Relax in a private cabin 

When you choose to sail on Kaitaki you get the option of relaxing in your own private cabin. These can accommodate up to 4 people and include an ensuite with shower facilities. It's perfect for when you're done exploring and ready for some peace and quiet.

Simply select the cabin on the ‘Extras’ screen during the booking process.

Easy to plan your journey & stay updated 

With three ferries and up to seven crossings per day during peak periods it's easy choose a ferry crossing that fits around your driving schedule. Interislander also keeps you updated when things unexpectedly change.

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Choose to pay later

‘Cruisey Pay’ allows you to make your booking when you want and pay it off little by little every month! Simply select ‘Cruisey Pay’ as your payment method and follow the prompts to save on your next holiday.

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Earn points and get rewards

Make your travel even more rewarding by earning Nautical Dollars every time you sail.  Save up your Nautical Dollars and use it to pay for future travel, have a coffee for free, and enjoy other great perks.

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New Ferries on the horizon

The current ferries (Aratere, Kaiarahi, Kaitaki) are being replaced in 2025 and 2026, by two new custom-designed ferries and new terminals at Kaiwharawhara in Wellington and Waitohi Picton, which will increase capacity and efficiency, and enhance your journey with us. The two new Interislander ferries will be bigger, cleaner, and more modern than the current fleet. Find out more here.