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The trip

Our ships

The Strait Feronia and the Straitsman sail Cook Strait between downtown Wellington and the Sounds 25 times a week. Both ships are equipped with state-of-the-art design and safety features, and offer exceptional passenger comfort. Check out our latest Cook Strait ferry timetableregister for email updates or book now.

The Strait Feronia


Built in 1997, the Italian designed and built Strait Feronia has the ability to take up to 150 cars and 400 passengers. Prior to entering service in New Zealand the vessel received a full refurbishment of the public areas to meet our customers needs. The refurbishment included the introduction of a movie lounge, quiet lounge, family room, working station and an upgrade to the cafe and bar area.

Formally called the Stena Feronia, the ship joined our fleet in June 2015 after sailing an overnight service between Gothenburg (Sweden) and Kiel (Germany). The vessel was renamed 'Strait Feronia' recognising its past heritage and its future with StraitNZ (formerly known as Strait Shipping). 


  • Spacious contemporary
    lounge areascafe area web
  • Café
  • Lounge bar
  • Quiet lounge
  • Movie lounge
  • Family room
  • Information area
  • Extensive decking
  • Viewing deck
  • Toilets and baby
    change areas
  • Work stations
  • Comfortable private cabins


  • Built: Cantiere Navale
    Visentini, Italy, 1997working area web size
  • Length: 186m
  • Beam overall: 25.6m
  • Gross tonnage: 21,856
  • Draft: 6.4m
  • Main engines: Two Wartsila 8L46B - total
    15600 kW
  • Service speed: 16 knots
  • Freight capacity: 2,150
    lane metres
  • Passengers: 400

The Straitsman

Straitsman coming in to berth in picton

Built in 2005, the Danish designed and Dutch built Straitsman is the most modern vessel sailing Cook Strait. Formerly called the Dueodde, the ship joined our fleet in 2010 after connecting the Island of Bornholm with the Danish mainland. It was renamed in recognition of Strait Shipping’s (now known as StraitNZ's) first vessel, which was in service for 11 years from when the company first launched in 1992. The Straitsman is also the greenest ship to cross the Strait, with a range of eco-friendly features.


Straitsman interior

  • Contemporary Scandinavian interior
  • Comfortable modern private cabins
  • Reclining seating areas
  • Café
  • Reception area
  • Family area
  • Viewing lounge
  • Green features including greater fuel efficiency and utilisation of waste heat for heating hot water and passenger areas
  • High-tech navigation aids, stabilisers, two powerful bow thrusters and in-line high lift flap rudders for better manoeuvrability
  • Extensive decking
  • Toilets and family change areas


Straitsman restaurant area

  • Built: Volharding Shipyard, Harlingen, Netherlands, 2005
  • Length: 124.9m
  • Beam overall: 23.4m
  • Gross tonnage: 13,906
  • Draft: 5.3m
  • Main engines: Two MaK 9M32
  • Service speed: 18.8 knots
  • Freight capacity: 1248 lane metres (freight and vehicles)
  • Passengers: 400


Our ships sailing 


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