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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience

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“both ways”(19 reviews)
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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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+64 3-212 7660
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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
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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 19 May 2018

Crossed in strong winds with 5m waves—thoroughly enjoyed it! Crew were on hand and attentive to those feeling ill. Journey back was far more comfortable in calm seas. Would highly recommend!More

Thank VictoriaS4710
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Victoria S, thanks for taking the time to post your 5 star review. Yes, it can be a little rough at times, but the "superb crew" are well versed with the conditions and being attentive during the crossing of the Foveaux Strait - glad that...More

Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

We had a great trip over to the island but as the weather deteriorated the return trip was canceled. With an early morning crossing still planned we found the ferry well suited to the Deep South conditions Great crew n skippers

Thank kruuza
Reviewed 14 May 2018

Check in process was easy, bags were dropped in containers outside to be loaded on the ferry. Plenty of seats inside, but not so much standing room outside for those that like to travel in the fresh air. The journey itself was comfortable but we...More

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

catri0nay0ung, thank you for posting a review that will be useful for other travellers.. The team at Stewart Island Experience

Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Loved the experience from John at Stewart island counter welcoming you with a great NZ smile, cracking a joke or two while he processes your tickets. The staff attending to your luggage, assisting you board the Vessel, a comfortable boat.. and free coffee onboard (instant)...More

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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

The boat is amazing. Despite 5m waves and 70km winds, the boat coped very well. The crew in those conditions were terrific assisting passengers.

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LooseLarry
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Response from Chris P | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don't know as friend paid
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terryandjoan2017
9 July 2017|
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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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Pam C
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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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