Interislander, a can’t-miss for New Zealand visitors, turns 60

The Interislander. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

Earlier this year, the Interislander turned 60 years old.

On Aug. 13, 1962, the passengers boarding the Aramoana en route to Picton, and they could take their vehicles onboard for the first time. The vessel was the “roll-on-roll-off” vessel, built specifically to carry rail wagons.

Since then, the Interislander has made more than 300,000 crossings of the Cook Strait. It is one of the “can’t miss” experiences for anyone visiting New Zealand.

Interislander plans to add a pair of new hybrid electric ferries and terminals by 2025. The new ships, designed specifically for the unique sailing conditions in Cook Strait, can carry 1910 passengers, 42 rail wagons, 62 trucks and 170 cars.

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Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is the owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and Railfanning.org.