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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience

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Stewart Island Experience operates daily ferry service between Bluff and Stewart Island all year around. Stewart Island is New Zealand's ultimate eco-tourism destination and the location of Rakiura National Park. During the one hour ferry crossing...more
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Stewart Island Visitor Terminal | Main Wharf, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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All reviews foveaux strait both ways rough seas return trip wild ride complimentary tea and coffee rear deck rough ride sea legs hour crossing sea conditions secure car park prone to sea sickness lucky with the weather efficient service pleasant trip great ride
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the ferry to Stewart Island. It takes an hour on a fast ferry. The waters in Fouveaux Strait are rough even on calm days. I do get seasick but sat by a window looking out to the horizon and was fine. Great service...More

Thank Kiaussi
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Kiaussi, Thanks for taking the time to post this feedback. We are delighted you made the trip even though get seasick. We'll be sure to pass your kind words to the team here. Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very calm on the way over mad for a very smooth trip. The wind had picked up a little in the afternoon but still pretty good. Professional and hospitable crew members.

Thank TAGman810
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora and thank you for the review. We will be sure to pass on your compliments to our crew. Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Going from Bluff to Stewart Island, I was quite surprised at the swells. Luckily, the crew was excellent. Extremely professional, checked up on everyone, and helped out a little girl who got sick. Boat was clean, spacious, and quite cold--to help those feeling a bit...More

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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you AJ625! The Foveaux Strait can certainly be a bit rough at times but we pride ourselves in having the best team and it is always a pleasure hearing they are constantly providing the greatest service to ensure our guests are always comfortable and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As any body of water will do, Foveaux Strait can become quite challenging; however, the boats and equipment utilized, along with knowledgeable and experienced crews ensure a safe passage. If treated as a Disney "E-ride" the thrills only add to the overall experience.

Thank George K
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora George, Thank you for a lovely review. We agree - the thrills sure do add to the experience. Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience

Reviewed 30 September 2018

trip over given wee talk as we left Bluff. Very rough trip & Skipper & staff did best to make us comfortable. Can't see out front but has a screen to see where you are & depth of sea. Highly recommend sealegs!!More

Thank Bionickate2016
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia Ora Bionickate2016, Thanks for taking the time to post your feedback. Yes, it can be a little rough at times, but then as you mention we have a very hospitable crew. We look forward to welcoming you back on board for another trip to...More

Reviewed 17 September 2018

Great way to travel from Bluff to Stewart Island. Our trip was lovely cursing at 20 knots in a lite sea. Thanks for a great experience. Colin and Lyn Olds

Thank ColinO553
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Colin and Lyn, thanks so much for taking the time to post this review. We hope to welcome you aboard again in the not too distant future. Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

Reviewed 2 August 2018

A great way to get to Stewart Island. Very professional operators and hospitable crew. Bar on board, plus tea and coffee and great scenery but can be a little rough at times.More

Thank Roy E
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

Kia Ora Roy E, thanks for taking the time to post your 5 star feedback. Yes, it can be a little rough at times, but then as you mention we are professional and have a very hospitable crew. We look forward to welcoming you back...More

Reviewed 14 July 2018

This is 1.5 hour ferry ride was very smooth. The skipper was so professional. Interior was very neat and clean. My luggage arrived safely. The scenary was nice as well.

Thank minimize940314
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

minimize940314, thanks for posting your 5 star review. The ferry on average takes about 1 hour one way. Glad you found everything neat, clean and professional. The team at Stewart Island Experience

Reviewed 23 June 2018

The sea conditions on the trip to the island was very rough with large swells running but the skipper made sure we got the smoothest ride possible. The ferry itself was comfortable with plenty of room when seated. Overall impressive!

Thank Alex W
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

LXW, it can be a little rough at times, but then, as you mention we are professional and have a very hospitable crew. We look forward to welcoming you back on board for another trip to Stewart Island. The team at Stewart Island Experience

Reviewed 18 June 2018

Lovely travel on the cat. A little rough for the other of our party that came over the next day but with wonderful staff on board and assistance , all was good. Even the non seafarers..would highly recommend

Thank sooz03
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

sooz03, thanks for highly recommending us. We look forward to welcoming you back on board our ferry in the near future. The team at Stewart Island Experience

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LooseLarry
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Response from Chris P | Reviewed this property |
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Response from BSAfatty | Reviewed this property |
Plenty of parking by the ferry terminal and Bluff is a lovely safe town. You should have no problem at all.
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Response from LeighR625 | Reviewed this property |
Check the ferry schedules and see if it comordinates with your flights.... Or fly both ways or one way. The ferry trip is great... Enjoy x
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