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Vehicle Check-in

Commercial vehicle drivers should aim to arrive at the ferry terminal 60 minutes prior to the scheduled time of departure. Due to operational issues such as load planning, stowage and timetable adherence, vehicles arriving within 15 minutes of departure may not be accepted for the sailing.
If drivers are running late they should contact the commercial vehicle clerk to advise of their ETA.

Dangerous Goods

You should be aware that there are different requirements for transporting dangerous goods by sea rather than by road.
We provide specialist advice for the carriage of dangerous goods. If you are transporting dangerous goods, you will find category definitions and the necessary documentation here.

Securing Points

All heavy vehicles (in excess of 3500kg gross laden weight) travelling on Interislander's services must be fitted with securing points so that they can be lashed to the ship's deck to prevent movement at sea. From 30 May 2012, an amendment to NZ Maritime Law S24B lashing requirements came into force requiring all lashing points on all trailer configurations to comply and be fitted in accordance with ISO9367 Points 1 and 2. A copy of these requirements can be obtained from Standards New Zealand.

Link to the Maritime New Zealand Advisory Circular Part 24B: Carriage of Cargoes – stowage and securing (PDF download).

Link to the Maritime New Zealand Guidance notice Carriage of heavy vehicles on roll-on/roll-off ships.


Livestock can be transported on Interislander ferries providing the truck is fitted with an effluent holding tank. For additional requirements relating to the transport of livestock click here.

Terms and Conditions

Please click here (PDF download 0.5 mb) to review the General Conditions of Carriage.

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