Bands on Board

Interislander is proud to support New Zealand entertainers by inviting them to perform in exchange for free passage

The Bill Hickman Band and Cameron "Dusty" Burnell performing on Kaitaki

Play to Pay for your crossing

Each year, Kaitaki hosts hundreds of bands and performers who keep passengers entertained in exchange for their Interislander crossing to the other side. There is one Bands on Board sailing per day in each direction, at 9.00am from Wellington to Picton, and at 2.15pm from Picton to Wellington.

This offer is open to bands and entertainers who would like to perform on-board Kaitaki in return for free passage*. Once you submit your application, completed in full, we will review and let you know via email.

You must apply at least one month prior to desired travel date and performances must be family-friendly. We review applications twice per month, and will get back to you as soon as we can.


Unfortunately we are not currently making any new Bands on Board bookings. We are working through the implications of the recent alert level changes and impact for our Bands on Board programme. Please do keep an eye on our website, where we will announce when we are able to commence taking applications again. Thank you for your understanding, The Bands on Board Team