Whether it is good food, a chilled drink, a relaxing recliner, or a rooftop view of the incredible sights of the Sounds you are looking for, you will find it all on board Kaiarahi.

Ocean View eatery

Ocean View eatery

Kaiarahi Ocean View restaurant

With excellent food, comfortable seats, and a spacious relaxing environment, the Ocean's View eatery is a great place to settle down and enjoy the entire journey! 

Find out what's cooking by viewing the sample menu


Local Heroes bar

Kaiarahi Local Heroes Bar

If you are someone who likes to sit back and relax with delicious local beer or wine, then the Local Heroes bar is the place for you. The bar is located at the front of Deck 7 and serves up some special views with your favourite brews (view drink menu).


Lounges & seating areas

Lounges & seating areas

Sit back and enjoy the journey in one of our scenic seating areas:


Lookout lounge

Kaiarahi Lookout Lounge

The Lookout Lounge is located upstairs at the front of Deck 8. As the name suggests, it gets some pretty spectacular views looking out across the sea. To make it extra special, we've added some comfy recliners. So sit back and enjoy!

Outdoor viewing decks

Kaiarahi Outdoor Seating Area

The Interislander journey through the Marlborough Sounds is simply gorgeous. On an overcast day, the hills are a picture of dramatic beauty. On a sunny day, there are few better views on earth. So pop outside on Deck 8, grab a seat and enjoy the journey!


Interislander Plus lounge

Interislander Plus lounge

Kaiarahi Plus Lounge

For a more refined journey across the Strait, book a seat in our Interislander Plus lounge.

Interislander Plus includes complimentary food and drink - including wines and beers - and provides a comfortable, quiet, child-free environment, with complimentary newspapers, magazines, and Sky television.

Interislander Plus is restricted to passengers 18 years and over. Tickets can be bought from the on board shop, if seats are available.

To reserve your place in the Interislander Plus lounge, simply add it to your booking.




Stay entertained for the journey with our onboard entertainment:


Children's TV/Play Area

scenic trains inside the carriage

Everyone needs a bit of down time. For this reason, we have a Children's TV lounge for young ones that is dedicated to the Disney channel. Plus, there's a blackboard for a bit of on board creativity and tables and chairs for playing games. The lounge is located on Deck 8 next to the Lookout Lounge.


Sky TV

You'll find Sky TV playing live sport and top TV shows in the Local Heroes bar on Deck 7. So don't worry about missing the big game. Just grab a seat and a beer and settle down for the journey!


Free Wi-Fi

Stay connected on board with our free Wi-Fi. The service includes a 100MB limit per person. While the connection quality is good for most of the journey, there is the occasional 'black spot' and the signal can be interrupted by weather and sea conditions.

Speeds will vary depending on the number of users and can be very slow during busy sailings.

We recommend that you pre-load games, films or TV shows before coming on-board.



Kaiarahi Shop Pounamu

Whether you need a nice warm jacket, a cool new t-shirt, an authentic pounamu or some entertainment for the kids, you will find it all in our mini emporium on Deck 7. We also have a range of Interislander souvenirs and memorabilia.




If you are sailing with little-ones who need their nap-time, then you will a nursery room with two cots, changing facilities and a wash basin on board Kaiarahi. The nursery is located next to the Children's TV lounge on Deck 8 and is free to use, subject to availability.

Kaiarahi Nursery




Due to current limited elevator accessibility to board this ship, we strongly advise passengers that require wheelchair access travel on Aratere. Please call us on 0800 802 802 if you require further information.

Kaiarahi has been assessed with a Silver Accessibility rating by Be. accessible (full details can be found on the Be. accessible website), however the restricted lift access means that we would prefer passengers with restricted mobility to use Kaitaki and Aratere.

You can also read more about accessibility across our ships for people with visual impairments, hearing impairments or needing some form of assistance.


Map of Kaiarahi


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