Kaitaki, meaning "challenger", has a capacity of 1350 passengers and is the largest ferry operating in New Zealand.

With two restaurants, a sports bar, shop, several lounges and a deck dedicated to children, Kaitaki is designed to entertain.

Food & drink

Food & drink

Ocean View eatery

Ocean View Cafe on Kaitaki

With excellent food, comfortable seats, stunning views and relaxing environment, the Ocean 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

Kaitaki 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 to settle down. The bar is located towards the rear of Deck 8, shows Sky Sports on TV and has live bands play on stage too.

See what's in the bar by viewing the drink menu.


Hector's café

Kaitaki Hectors Cafe

Hector's café is located on Deck 7 towards the front of the ship. Hector's is a modern, elegant café modelled on the classic Kiwi café-bar style. If you are hankering for a delicious slice of cake or an invigorating coffee, then Hector's is the place to go.

To see what's in the counters, view our sample menu.

Children's play area

Children's play area

Kaitaki Childrens Play Area

Deck 2 is dedicated to young ones aged 0 to 10 years. Down there you will find a huge soft play climbing frame, baby play area and two cinemas. There is also a café on a mezzanine level overlooking the play area for adults to sit and relax!

Outside Viewing Areas

Outside Viewing Areas

Kaitaki Viewing Deck

Kaitaki has several large outdoor viewing areas around Deck 7 and a outdoor seating area on Deck 10. These areas are perfect for soaking up the spectacular views of the sounds, but remember to bring sun-block, sunglasses and a warm jacket in a day-pack - you'll probably need all three.

Plus Lounge

Plus Lounge

Kaitaki Plus Lounge Sofas

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

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

Interislander Plus is restricted to passengers 18 years and over. Tickets can be bought in the onboard shop if seats are available.

Simply add the Interislander Plus lounge whilst booking and come and enjoy the difference.

Seating Areas

Seating Areas

There are a lot of seating areas to choose between on Kaitaki. Here's a selection of the best to help you find your favourite:


The Lookout Atrium

Kaitaki Lookout Lounge Leaving the sounds

Beyond the Local Heroes bar on Deck 7 you will find an exit to the rear of the ship. This will lead you into a large atrium that is split across two levels and features floor to ceiling windows. The is quite simply no better place to sit and watch the world float by from!


Queen Charlotte Lounge

Interislander Kaitaki QC lounge

The QC Lounge is a private seating area situated on the starboard next to Hector's café. Tickets to the QC lounge are available from the on-board shop only and cost $20. Included in the ticket is a $15 food voucher that can be used in any of Kaitaki's restaurants, cafes or bars.


Hector's scenic lounge

At the front of the ship on Deck 7 you will find the Hector's scenic lounge with comfy reclined seating and large panoramic windows looking out of the front of the ship.


Ocean View eatery

Kaitaki Oceans View Diner

The Ocean View eatery has a several seating areas around it where you can sit down, relax and gaze out of the windows at the immaculate scenery.




Staying entertained on Kaitaki is very easy. Here's a list of what's on board:



Kaitaki Cinama

Why not take the time to settle down and watch a movie? Or perhaps send the kids off to watch one whilst you sit back and relax!

Kaitaki has two cinemas on Deck 2. The titles are chosen daily and information, tickets and popcorn are obtained from the shop on Deck 7.


Sky Sports

You will find all the action live on Sky Sports in Local Heroes Bar. Grab a drink, grab a seat, and enjoy the game!


Video Games

Who doesn't like to do battle on an arcade machine! Young or old, head to Deck 8 for some computerised entertainment!


Children's TV Lounge

Kaitaki Childrens TV Area

Everyone needs a bit of down time and especially kids. For this reason, we have a TV lounge for young ones that is dedicated to the Disney channel. The lounge is located on Deck 7 next to the shop and is used for magic shows during the summer.



We love a bit of live music on board and bands and artists can travel for free in exchange for putting on a show for us in the Local Heroes bar. We do of course vet the applicants - but not too harshly, as it all entertaining!

If you are keen on performing in exchange for free passage then click here.


Clowns and Magicians

Kaitaki Childrens Entertainment

For children, and the young at heart, Interislander showcases a number of children's entertainers performing on selected sailings during the school holidays.


Free Wi-Fi & Power zone

Free Wi-Fi & Power zone

Stay connected whilst on the move with Free Wi-Fi throughout the ship. However, please be aware that our signal is limited whilst at sea and we strongly advise you pre-load games, films or TV shows before coming on-board.

Kaitaki Hectors cafe

Hector's Café has a purpose built workstation area where you can also recharge your camera or electronic device, or simply plug-in and surf the net or play your favourite games whilst enjoying an invigorating coffee!




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.

Other Facilities

Other Facilities

Here are some additional facilities to help you enjoy a comfortable journey:



Kaiarahi Cabin

Our cabins are a great space for young families to sleep. Each cabin has 2 bunks and an ensuite bathroom with shower. Cabins are few in number and high in demand, so it’s best to try and reserve one in advance if you are interested.



If you are sailing with little-ones who need their nap-time, then you will find four nursery rooms with changing facilities and toilets on board Kaitaki. They are located on Deck 7 towards the rear of the ship and are free to use.



There are plenty of toilet facilities onboard Kaitaki, ensuring you wont get caught short. You'll find these on Deck 7 off the passage way by the main internal stairs  and between the family lounge and Hector's cafe. On Deck 8 off the passage way by the main internal stairs and just before you reach the Ocean View eatery.

Further toilets are available on Deck 2 at the children's play area.


Smoking Area

Smoking Area

Kaitaki has a dedicated smoking area outside on Deck 7.



Kaitaki has an Overall Rating of Silver by Be.accessible in each of the five categories (Vision, Hearing, Mobility, Learning, Parents) with a higher percentage score than our other 2 ships. For further details read our rating on the Be.accessible website.

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