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.
Ocean View eatery
With excellent food, comfortable seats, stunning views and a 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
If you are someone who likes to sit back and relax with a delicious local beer or wine, then the Local Heroes bar towards the rear of Deck 8 is the place for you to settle down.
To keep you entertained, the Local Heroes bar has Sky Sports on TV and live bands playing on stage!
To find out what's behind the bar, view our drink menu.
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
Deck 2 is all about entertaining 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
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.
Interislander 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.
There are many different seating areas to choose between on Kaitaki. Here's a selection of top spots:
The Lookout Atrium
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. There is quite simply no better place to sit and watch the world float by from!
Queen Charlotte Lounge
The QC Lounge is a private seating area situated on the port side 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 recliner seating and large panoramic windows looking out of the front of the ship.
Ocean View eatery
The Ocean View eatery has several seating areas around it where you can sit down, relax and gaze through the windows at the immaculate scenery.
Staying entertained on Kaitaki is very easy. Here's a list of what's on board:
Why not take time out to enjoy 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 available from the shop on Deck 7.
You will find all the action live on Sky Sports in Local Heroes bar. Grab a drink, grab a seat, and enjoy the game!
Who doesn't like to do battle on an arcade machine! Young or old, head to the Deck 7 Children's TV lounge (next to the shop) for some computerised entertainment!
Children's TV lounge
Everyone needs a bit of down time. 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 school holidays.
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
For children, and the young at heart, Interislander showcases a number of children's entertainers performing on selected sailings during the summer school holidays.
Free Wi-Fi & Power zone
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.
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!
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.
Here are some additional facilities to help you enjoy a comfortable journey:
Our cabins are a great space for young families to sleep. Each cabin is four birth, with 2 beds and 2 bunks, and have a private 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.
Kaitaki has a dedicated smoking area outside on Deck 7. Smoking is forbidden in all other areas of the ship.
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.
Click here to find out more about accessibility for people with visual impairments, hearing impairments or needing assistance.