Family travel

Starting your family holiday by sailing across the Cook Strait with Interislander couldn't be easier or more fun!  On board there's plenty to keep you and your kids entertained, whether a toddler or a teenager, with most ships hosting play areas, cinemas and family lounges. 

We also offer special deals and discounts for families to ensure you get the best fare when crossing the Cook Strait.

A magician adds magic to family holiday travel on Interislander

A magical start to your holiday

At Interislander, we believe your holiday begins the moment you step on board and we want to make sure you enjoy your time together. 

During the Summer and Easter holidays, we have dedicated entertainers on board from magicians to face painters.  All our ships will be hosting an entertainer this year, so check the schedule here then come and join in the fun!

Our top family travel tips

  • Pack a small bag or two to bring on board with some extra clothes, snacks, nappies - all that usual kids' stuff!
  • Make sure they've got everything they want from the car - there is no vehicle access during the journey!
  • Bring some games and activities
  • Bring chargers for electronic devices - we have sockets on board!
  • Pack some jackets for exploring the outdoor areas
  • Make sure they are wearing shoes when exploring the ship

What's in store on board:

A family enjoying dinner together on board Interislander

Enjoy family time

With spacious tables and fun ship-shaped children's meals, settling down for some family time in our spacious restaurants is the perfect way to relax and recharge before your onward journey. There's no need to hurry, so grab a kids activity book and settle down for some relaxing family time together!


family holiday travel on Interislander is always fun in  our on board play areas

Fun times for kids

We don't want your kids to be sitting still and being quiet! So let them run themselves ragged and scream till they're hoarse in our dedicated kids spaces. Aratere and Kaitaki have play areas with slides and climbing frames. So bring some super slippery socks!


staying amused is easy on Interislander with onboard cinemas

Go to the movies

Kaitaki and Aratere both have on board cinemas that show family movies. So if you would like to enjoy an hour of peace and quiet, then perhaps the kids could go and watch a movie? Tickets, drinks, popcorn and sweets are sold in the shop.


buy games and family activities from the Interislander onboard shop

Play games

Save the electronic devices and eye-spy games for the car! On Interislander, we have room for you to play games, colour-in, do jigsaws and build Lego! So bring a selection of activities with you, or pop to our onboard shop.


enjoy the freedom of outdoors while onboard Interislander

Explore outdoors

Stretch your legs, breathe in that clean sea air and watch the incredible New Zealand scenery glide by. All three of our ships feature multiple outdoor viewing decks that you can explore together. So pack a jacket and some sun-cream!


Space for infants to sleep aboard Interislander Aratere in the Onboard Nursery

On-board Nurseries

Each of our ferries has a shared on-board nursery with full changing facilities and a wash station, so you can get baby ready for a comfortable journey ahead.


Ask for a free kids Interislander activity book

Free activity book

Don't forget to grab one of our FREE kids activity books from the on-board shop. They are a real kids classic, with puzzles, drawing and fun facts about the sea life you will see during the crossing! You may have even had one when you were younger!


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Discounted Interislander family fares

You don't have to do anything special to get a discounted Interislander family fare. Simply go to the booking system and book - you'll find our Interislander family discounts are loaded automatically for you! Here's the special fares and deals that we offer families:

  • Family discounts: automatically apply to bookings with a vehicle, an adult or senior and one or more children
  • Infant fares: under two-year-olds travel free on Interislander
  • Child fares: apply to anyone seventeen and under

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