The parent company that owns Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry has been sold to Morgan Stanley for over half a billion.

Who owns the Bluebridge ferry? Bluebridge ferry Straitsman is now owned by funds managed by Champ Private Equity Group. Ellison’s father – Jim Barker – had been closely involved in the sale process up until his death in August.

Then, Who started Bluebridge ferries? History. The company has its origins in Otorohanga Transport, founded by Jim Barker and Dennis Dow in 1963. By 2016, the Barker Group had 750 staff across New Zealand.

Who owns Cook Strait ferries? Interislander

Type Part of state-owned enterprise
Area served Cook Strait, New Zealand
Services Inter-island ferries
Parent KiwiRail
Divisions Interislander (passenger) Interislander Freight (freight)


How fast does the Interislander travel?

Travelling at 37-knot speeds though the choppy Cook Strait, the ride was a little bumpy and had some reaching for the bucket.

Do trains go on the Cook Strait ferry? KiwiRail’s Interislander ferry service is an extension of State Highway 1 and the Main Trunk Line across Cook Strait, linking road and rail networks between New Zealand’s North and South islands.

How long does it take to cross the Cook Strait? The Cook Strait ferry crossing time takes 3 to 3½ hours. This wide timeframe is due to the nature of sailing across the sea – which is a bit like running on a slow-moving treadmill.

What happened to the Lynx ferry? The service was replaced by a new ferry called Kaitaki, which met the environmental regulations. The Lynx was subsequently purchased by Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, which changed the ferry’s name to T&T Express. The ferry service runs between Port of Spain and Scarborough.

How many cars can the Interislander ferry?

The Kaitaki (meaning Challenger) can carry up to 1400 passengers, while the Aratere (Quickpath) has capacity for 600 and the Kaiarahi (Leader/Guardian) 550. Between them they transport nearly 800,000 passengers and 250,000 cars a year.

How long is Bluebridge ferry? Ferry crossings between North and South Islands run up to seven times daily, all year round and take around 3 hours 30 minutes. The delights of New Zealand’s spectacular nature are now just a ferry trip away with Bluebridge.

How long is the ferry ride from Picton to Wellington?

The Interislander ferry Picton to Wellington takes approximately 3½ hours.

How many cars can fit on the ferry? The car deck on each ferry can accommodate approximately 100 standard sized vehicles. The specific number of vehicles on any one voyage may fluctuate depending on the length of the vehicles booked on that particular voyage.

Does aratere have cabins?

There are no cabins on this Interislander ship, however, there is enough comfortable seating aboard the Aratere for everyone to sit back and relax, even during the busy Christmas and Easter periods. For those who want some privacy during their crossing there is the luxurious Premium Plus Lounges on offer.

Who owns KiwiRail NZ?

KiwiRail Holdings Limited is a New Zealand state-owned enterprise responsible for rail operations in New Zealand, and operates inter-island ferries. Trading as KiwiRail and headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand, KiwiRail is the largest rail transport operator in New Zealand.

Are there sharks in the Cook Strait? « Cook Strait is an incredibly productive feeding area and there are probably quite a number of great white sharks in the vicinity of Cook Strait for most of the year, but this time there are more around as the sharks are returning from the tropics.

Can you swim the Cook Strait? The strait is 22 km across at its narrowest point (between Cape Terawhiti and Arapawa Island), but “swims” a bit longer due to cross-currents. Barrie Devenport completed the first Cook Strait swim in 1962, although there are Māori legends of earlier swims.

Are the two islands of New Zealand connected?

Unfortunately, there is no bridge or tunnel connecting the islands, the distance is too great. However, there is an Interislander Ferry or Bluebridge Cook Strait car ferry that you can hop aboard.

Does the Interislander have showers? Each cabin is four-berth, with two beds and two bunks, and a private ensuite bathroom with shower.

What happened to the arahura?

The Arahura has sold to an overseas buyer and looks set for the scrap yard in India. Former Interislander ferry Arahura looks set for the scrapheap, after overseas buyers snapped up the 32-year-old ship.

Can you stay in the car on a ferry? If you are wondering can you stay in your vehicle on a ferry the answer in most cases is no. Once the vessel starts with crossing, you will not be allowed onto the car parking deck as most of the large car ferries for safety reasons, do not allow passengers to stay in their cars.

Do you need to be vaccinated to travel on the Interislander?

You will need to provide proof of vaccination or your negative test result when you check in for your journey. If there are other travellers included in your booking, they will also be required to show proof their vaccination or negative test result.

Can you stay in your car on a ferry crossing? If you are wondering can you stay in your vehicle on a ferry the answer in most cases is no. Once the vessel starts with crossing, you will not be allowed onto the car parking deck as most of the large car ferries for safety reasons, do not allow passengers to stay in their cars.

How do I cancel Bluebridge?

Book a Flexi Sail fare if you want peace of mind that you’ll get all of your money back if you have to cancel your booking. Simply call 0800 844 844 or email to let us know at least one hour before your sailing, otherwise it will be non-refundable.

Do Bluebridge take dogs? Yes, you’re welcome to bring your cat, dog or other small pet with you. Pets must either stay in your vehicle or in one of our vehicle deck kennels ($15 one way) for the duration of the sailing. Do I need to let Bluebridge know I have a pet in the car? Yes.


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