Te Moana-o-Raukawa/Cook Strait

Freedom of the Ferries

Conquering the wild and unpredictable Cook Strait is a remarkable achievement for anyone who chooses to take on the challenge. That’s why, for over 30 years, Interislander has acknowledged these outstanding swimmers with a lifetime of free crossings.

Applying for 'Freedom of the Ferries'

If you have successfully conquered the Cook Strait, apply for your ‘Freedom of the Ferries’ membership by contacting marketing@interislander.co.nz  Once your successful swim has been verified you will be sent your lifetime membership card.  


# Date Swimmer Duration Route Comment 🗺
1 1962-11-20 ♂ Barry Devonport 11:20:00 North Island to South Island
2 1964-02-07 ♂ Keith Hancox 09:34:00 Unknown
3 1972-01-12 ♂ Perry Cameron 09:36:00 Unknown
4 1975-02-04 ♀ Lynne Cox 12:07:00 Unknown
5 1977-02-13 ♂ John Coutts 09:25:00 Unknown
6 1978-02-03 ♀ Meda McKenzie 12:07:00 Unknown
7 1978-02-17 ♀ Meda McKenzie 11:23:00 Unknown
8 1978-02-18 ♂ John Coutts 06:46:00 Unknown
9 1978-12-24 ♂ Chris Hurdley 09:04:00 Unknown
10 1978-12-24 ♂ Alan Christie 09:05:00 Unknown
11 1979-02-24 ♂ Patrick Benson 10:18:00 Unknown
12 1980-02-24 ♂ Philip Rush 08:56:00 Unknown
13 1980-02-24 ♂ Mohammad El-Meseery 09:12:00 Unknown
14 1980-03-10 ♀ Rhonda Smidt 08:56:00 Unknown
15 1980-03-24 ♀ Belinda Shields 08:32:00 Unknown
16 1980-04-08 ♀ Carolyn Wordsworth 07:15:00 Unknown
17 1981-02-01 ♂ John Koorey 05:37:00 Unknown
18 1981-02-14 ♀ Kristine Carr 07:54:00 Unknown
19 1981-02-28 ♂ Michael Quinlivan 07:58:00 Unknown
20 1981-03-14 ♀ Elizabeth Horner 07:22:00 Unknown
22 1981-03-30 ♂ Alan Vincent 08:21:00 Unknown
21 1981-05-10 ♀ Elizabeth Horner 11:33:00 Unknown
23 1982-01-17 ♀ Sheryl McLay 06:59:00 Unknown
24 1982-02-14 ♀ Karen Bisley 06:46:00 Unknown
25 1982-02-21 ♂ Wayne Jack 10:02:00 Unknown
26 1984-03-13 ♂ Philip Rush 07:51:00 Unknown
27 1984-03-13 ♂ Philip Rush 08:25:00 Unknown
28 1984-03-26 ♀ Sandra Blewett 13:30:00 Unknown
29 1984-03-26 ♀ Meda McKenzie 11:27:00 Unknown
30 1984:03-26 ♀ Meda McKenzie 11:39:00 Unknown
31 1985-03-29 ♂ Scott Barry 07:51:00 Unknown
32 1985-03-29 ♀ Karen Bisley 11:11:00 Unknown
33 1985-05-01 ♀ Donna Bouzaid 08:15:00 Unknown
34 1986-01-20 ♀ Denise Anderson 05:04:00 Unknown
35 1986-02-18 ♂ John Koorey 06:59:00 Unknown
36 1986-03-30 ♀ Helen Barrett 06:34:00 Unknown
37 1987-02-25 ♀ Ingrid Greenslade 07:18:00 Unknown
38 1987-03-23 ♂ Jeffrey Reid 07:10:00 Unknown
39 1987-03-23 ♂ Philip Rush 08:27:00 Unknown
40 1988-02-09 ♂ Philip Rush 09:05:00 Unknown
41 1988-02-09 ♂ Philip Rush 09:32:00 Unknown
42 1988-02-12 ♂ Richard Davey 07:17:00 Unknown
43 1989-02-18 ♀ Karena Doig 08:31:00 Unknown
44 1994-02-05 ♀ Myra Williamson 08:01:00 Unknown
45 1996-03-25 ♂ Taranath Narayan Shenov 07:46:00 Unknown
46 1996-03-26 ♀ Jo Kane 10:52:00 Unknown
47 1998-03-09 ♀ Rupali Romdas Repale 19:44:00 Unknown
48 1999-02-08 ♂ Thomas Pearson 06:50:00 Unknown
49 1999-03-10 ♀ Tammy Van Wisse 06:49:00 Unknown
50 2001-03-06 ♀ Gráinne Moss 12:25:00 Unknown
51 2001-03-16 ♀ Kate Johns 07:06:00 Unknown
52 2001-03-17 ♀ Yvonne Merrill 11:05:00 Unknown
53 2003-03-25 ♀ Chukraboty Chowdhury Bula 09:04:00 Unknown
54 2003-04-11 ♂ Jeremy Gray 07:25:00 Unknown
55 2004-01-16 ♂ David Yudovin 09:38:00 Unknown
56 2004-03-05 ♂ James Pittar 08:31:00 Unknown
57 2004-03-15 ♂ Chris Hains 07:24:00 Unknown
58 2004-03-25 ♂ John Gatfield 08:08:00 Unknown
59 2005-02-20 ♂ Aditya Raut 09:09:00 Unknown
60 2005-03-04 ♀ Cara Sibtsen 05:48:00 Unknown
61 2005-03-04 ♀ Tania Hockings 05:48:00 Unknown
62 2006-02-10 ♂ Robert Binney 07:11:00 Unknown
63 2006-04-05 ♀ Penny Palfrey 08:26:00 Unknown
64 2007-02-08 ♂ Scott Coleman 10:27:00 Unknown
65 2007-02-25 ♀ Jei Zhang 08:03:00 Unknown
66 2007-03-10 ♂ Dan Kennedy 11:00:00 Unknown
67 2007-04-09 ♀ Hana Wolzak 08:44:00 Unknown
68 2007-04-22 ♀ Stephanie Bennington 08:10:00 Unknown
69 2008-01-31 ♂ Forrest Nelson 11:56:00 Unknown
70 2008-04-13 ♂ Casey Glover 04:37:00 Unknown
71 2008-04-14 ♀ Susan Freeland 11:09:00 Unknown
72 2009-02-18 ♂ Andrew Rowan 07:29:00 Unknown
73 2009-03-20 ♀ Pam Dickson 09:23:00 Unknown
74 2009-04-03 ♂ Peter Cook 08:52:00 Unknown
75 2010-03-03 ♀ Michelle Macy 08:02:00 Unknown
76 2010-03-08 ♂ Stephen Junk 08:08:00 Unknown
77 2010-03-09 ♀ Emily Morris 09:58:00 Unknown
78 2011-02-24 ♀ Andrea O'Fee 07:08:00 Unknown
79 2011-03-01 ♂ Pieter Anderica Jongeneel Christian 08:49:00 Unknown
80 2011-04-12 ♀ Emma Aitken 09:31:00 North Island to South Island
81 2012-01-17 ♂ Tom Hecker 10:36:00 Unknown
82 2012-02-17 ♂ Stephen Redmond 12:19:00 Unknown
83 2012-03-05 ♀ Kimberley Chambers 08:26:00 Unknown
84 2013-02-18 ♂ Jason Coombe 10:32:00 Unknown
85 2013-02-19 ♂ Mark Krynen 12:32:00 Unknown
86 2013-03-21 ♂ Darren Miller 10:42:00 Unknown
87 2013-03-21 ♂ Craig Lenning 10:52:00 Unknown
89 2013-03-22 ♂ Dan Abel 06:15:00 Unknown
88 2013-04-08 ♀ Anna-Carin Nordin 08:18:00 Unknown
90 2013-12-10 ♀ Phillipa Wrenn 08:42:00 Unknown
91 2014-03-11 ♂ Simon Olliver 08:36:00 Unknown
92 2014-04-22 ♂ Adam Walker 08:36:00 Unknown
93 2014-12-16 ♀ Anna Plunkett 07:43:00 Unknown
94 2015-03-03 ♂ Toshio Ogawa 11:51:00 Unknown
95 2016-02-03 ♀ Patti Bauernfeind 08:09:00 Unknown
96 2016-03-18 ♀ Marilyn Korzekwa 11:34:00 Unknown
97 2016-04-16 ♂ Tim Robinson 09:42:00 Unknown
98 2017-01-23 ♂ Steven Kennedy 08:45:32 Unknown 🗺
99 2017-01-23 ♂ Zoltan Boros 08:45:32 Unknown 🗺
100 2017-02-19 ♂ Marty Filipowski 09:06:14 Unknown 🗺
101 2017-02-20 ♂ Kevin Cassidy 09:07:34 Unknown 🗺
102 2017-02-24 ♀ Caitlin O'Reilly 07:19:56 Unknown 🗺
103 2017-03-10 ♂ James/Jim Barber 06:27:41 Unknown
104 2017-03-19 ♂ Antonio Argüelles 11:22:17 Unknown 🗺
105 2017-03-23 ♀ Chloe Harris 07:17:24 Unknown 🗺
106 2017-04-22 ♂ Attila Mányoki 06:57:49 Unknown
107 2018-01-27 ♂ Ion Lazarenco Tiron 11:06:59 Unknown 🗺
108 2018-02-08 ♂ Paul Feltoe 09:04:11 Unknown
109 2018-02-09 ♀ Julie Isbill 08:43:10 Unknown
110 2018-02-09 ♂ Rohan More 08:37:54 Unknown 🗺
111 2018-02-11 ♂ Royce Evans 06:13:48 Unknown 🗺
112 2018-02-24 ♂ Anthony McCarley 11:23:00 Unknown 🗺
113 2018-02-24 ♀ Abhejali Bernardová 13:09:48 Unknown
114 2018-03-11 ♂ Steven Walker 12:17:00 Unknown 🗺
115 2018-03-11 ♂ Cameron Bellamy 12:44:00 Unknown
116 2018-03-14 ♂ Lynton Mortensen 14:14:37 Unknown 🗺
117 2018-12-01 ♀ Breanna Ward 07:26:10 Unknown 🗺
118 2018-12-14 ♂ Thomas Penbroke 06:57:34 Unknown 🗺
119 2019-01-29 ♂ Kieron Palframan 08:13:02 Unknown 🗺
120 2019-02-15 ♂ Jonathan Ridler 06:22:01 Unknown 🗺
121 2019-03-03 ♂ Samuel Percy Muir-James 09:14:00 Unknown 🗺
122 2019-03-15 ♀ Sarah Thomas 14:09:11 Unknown 🗺
123 2019-03-30 ♀ Elizabeth Fry 09:32:01 Unknown 🗺
124 2019-03-30 ♀ Nora Toledano Cadena 09:32:22 Unknown 🗺
125 2019-03-30 ♀ Mariel Hawley Dávila 11:44:21 Unknown 🗺
126 2019-05-20 ♂ André Wiersie 08:32:53 Unknown
127 2019-12-09 ♂ Jonathan Ratcliffe 11:15:27 Unknown 🗺
128 2019-12-09 ♂ Dean Summers 13:25:00 Unknown 🗺
129 2020-01-20 ♂ Jorge Villanueva 09:03:44 Unknown 🗺
130 2020-03-01 ♂ Adrian Sarchet 10:45:48 Unknown 🗺
131 2020-11-24 ♂ Brett Richardson 10:20:32 Unknown 🗺
132 2021-03-23 ♀ Raewyn Winsley 10:18:33 Unknown 🗺
133 2021-03-23 ♀ Sarah Poplar 09:45:36 Unknown 🗺
134 2021-03-25 ♀ Rebecca Hollingsworth 11:39:45 Unknown 🗺
136 2021-04-04 ♀ Susan Sherwen 09:56:37 Unknown 🗺
135 2021-04-06 ♂ Fraser Dunbar 09:46:03 Unknown 🗺
137 2021-05-20 ♀ Liana Smith 06:59:24 North Island to South Island 🗺
138 2021-12-13 ♀ Corrina Connor 09:15:04 North Island to South Island 🗺
139 2022-02-15 ♂ Nicholas Shanks 09:59:39 North Island to South Island 🗺
140 2022-02-25 ♂ Nick Hobson 10:36:00 North Island to South Island 🗺
141 2022-03-10 ♀ Eliza Cummings 07:15:26 North Island to South Island 🗺
142 2022-03-10 ♂ Omar Vaquero Martinez 07:54:00 North Island to South Island 🗺
143 2022-12-15 ♂ Zach Margolis 07:06:00 North Island to South Island 🗺
144 2022-12-15 ♂ Mark Lenaarts 07:14:58 North Island to South Island 🗺
145 2023-01-30 ♂ John Hancock 09:17:45 North Island to South Island 🗺
146 2023-01-31 ♀ Alessandra Rossi Cima 10:58:02 South Island to North Island 🗺
147 2023-02-18 ♂ Joe Zemaitis 09:01:39 Unknown 🗺
147 2023-02-18 ♂ John Zemaitis 09:01:39 Unknown 🗺
149 2023-03-01 ♂ Callum Eade 06:41:05 South Island to North Island 🗺
150 2023-03-01 ♀ Nathalie Pohl 06:33:00 Unknown 🗺
151 2023-03-01 ♀ Bárbara Hernández Huerta 08:16:00 Unknown 🗺
152 2023-03-01 ♂ Prabhat Koli 08:41:05 Unknown 🗺
153 2023-03-07 ♂ Andrew Donaldson 04:33:50 South Island to North Island 🗺
154 2023-03-14 ♂ Herman van der Westhuizen 08:27:14 Unknown 🗺
155 2023-03-14 ♀ Dina Levačić 11:01:43 Unknown 🗺
156 2023-03-14 ♀ Marcia Cleveland 11:54:01 Unknown 🗺
157 2023-04-16 ♂ Glyn Eason 07:15:07 Unknown 🗺
158 2023-04-16 ♂ Loren King 07:33:37 Unknown 🗺
Ratification Pending 2023-11-22 ♂ Greg Johnson 08:07:00 South Island to North Island 🗺
Ratification Pending 2023-12-06 ♂ Victor Pineiro 10:12:00 South Island to North Island 🗺
Ratification Pending 2023-12-08 ♂ John Batchelder 07:00:00 North Island to South Island 🗺
Ratification Pending 2023-12-19 ♂ Tulasi Chaitanya 10:49:04 South Island to North Island 🗺
Ratification Pending 2024-01-18 ♂ Anshuman Jhingran 06:58:00 South Island to North Island 🗺
Ratification Pending 2024-01-25 ♂ Jamie Mackay 07:00:00 South Island to North Island 🗺
Ratification Pending 2024-01-25 ♂ Rob Woodhouse 07:00:00 South Island to North Island 🗺
Ratification Pending 2024-01-26 ♂ Will Smith 08:45:00 South Island to North Island 🗺
Ratification Pending 2024-01-26 ♂ Paul Leonard 08:45:00 South Island to North Island 🗺
Ratification Pending 2024-02-01 ♀ Joanne Norman 08:03:00 South Island to North Island 🗺
Ratification Pending 2024-02-01 ♂ Mark Sowerby 08:03:00 South Island to North Island 🗺
Ratification Pending 2024-02-13 ♀ Bengisu Avci 10:14:00 South Island to North Island 🗺
Ratification Pending 2024-02-18 ♂ Toni Enderli 10:48:00 South Island to North Island 🗺
Ratification Pending 2024-02-21 Suwei Chen 09:47:22 South Island to North Island 🗺
Ratification Pending 2024-02-22 ♂ David Edgar 08:47:00 South Island to North Island 🗺

Swims per season