Operating between Wellington and Picton, Arahanga was a New Zealand Railways freight ferry and the first to be crewed by NZ Railways staff. Previously, the Cook Strait ferries were operated by the Union Steam Ship Co.
Radiotelephone call: Arahanga announces her approach to Tory Channel en route Picton.
Gross tonnage: 3914
Builder: Upper Clyde Shipbuilders, Glasgow, Scotland
Entered service: 1972
Finished service: 2001
Read more about New Zealand’s rail ferries at nzmaritime.co.nz and kiwirail.co.nz.