Interislander Ferries



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New Zealand


Interislander Ferries operate in New Zealand between Wellington, North Island, and Picton, South Island. The ships operate year round, with trips taking approximately three hours. The Interislander name dates from 2004, but the service has a long history prior to this.

The Cook Strait Inter-Island Rail and Road Service started on 11 August 1962, with the roll-on roll-off ferry GMV Aramoana operating between Wellington and Picton. The initial service was one trip each way per day, travelling from Wellington to Picton in the morning and from Picton to Wellington in the afternoon. The service expanded in 1966 with the addition of the Aranui, the Arahanga in 1972, and the Aratika in 1974. In 1982, the Arahura joined the fleet to replace Aramoana and Aranui.

In 1984 the service was renamed SeaRail, in 1989 it was again renamed Interisland Line, and finally the Interislander in 2004. In 1999 the Aratere was leased out, and between 1999 and 2001 the Arahanga and the Aratika were disposed of. Currently, Interislander operates three passenger ferries: Arahura, Aratere and Kaitaki.

The companies main competition is Bluebridge.

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