Before You Travel

Securing Points

All heavy vehicles (in excess of 3500kg gross laden weight) travelling on Interislander's services must be fitted with securing points so that they can be lashed to the ship's deck to prevent movement at sea.

From 30 May 2012, an amendment to NZ Maritime Law S24B lashing requirements came into force requiring all lashing points on all trailer configurations to comply and be fitted in accordance with ISO9367 Points 1 and 2. A copy of these requirements can be obtained from Standards New Zealand.

Additional information can be read here:

Interislander Freight Lashing Example

Draw bars

Aratere – requires all truck and trailers to have an extendable draw bar.

 If you do not have an extendable drawbar, you are required to travel on Kaitaki or Kaiarahi.


Livestock can be transported on Interislander ferries providing the truck is fitted with an effluent holding tank.

  • 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.
  • All stock effluent tanks must be empty before travel commences
  • 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.

 In association with MAF, Interislander has developed new guidelines regarding the transportation of stock during rough weather. Click here for more details.

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

Safety regulations for commercial customers

To conduct our operations and deliver service to our customers means we operate both machinery and plant that has the potential to cause notifiable injuries and illnesses.

The following information helps you and your passengers stay safe by being familiar with our hazards and the appropriate controls at our Terminals and on board.

Interislander CV Safety Briefing PDF

Conditions of carriage

Please click here to review the General Conditions of Carriage.