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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
Stewart Island Visitor Terminal | Main Wharf, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
+64 3-212 7660
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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 27 March 2012

The ferry service seems to be very efficient. The boat itself is comfortable and there is a small cafe on board. We were lucky that we had good crossings both ways and so the hour went quite quickly.

Reviewed 11 March 2012

The Foveaux Strait is a bit shallow, and any vessel would have a bumpy ride in lively weather. Hence, I always eat after sailing across the Foveaux Strait.

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Reviewed 11 March 2012

Easy travel. Sorted out booking issue with no effort.

Thank Glodon
Reviewed 30 January 2012

We love ferry trips so chose this over the short flight to Stewart Island. The Forveaux Strait has a reputation for being rough, so I took ginger tablets as a precaution, but it was a nice day and the crossing (and return a few days...More

Thank tg1946
Reviewed 30 January 2012

The strait is one of the roughest bits of water in the world. It is a short trip but be prepared for it be be rough for about a 1/4 of the trip. Not always, sometimes it can be really nice, but when it gets...More

1  Thank Trelawn
Reviewed 21 January 2012

Another great example of what an excellent business Real Journeys is. It was clear that the trip was going to be tough- very big seas and strong winds but the boat handled it very well with a skillful skipper at the helm. Staff were fantastic...More

Thank JaVaMe
Reviewed 19 January 2012

Do yourself a favour and travel outside on the rear deck. You'll get wet, but I'll take wet over seasick any day. That crossing is rough! The staff on the boat are exceptional. A true holiday experience in itself :-)

Thank Katman
Reviewed 12 January 2012

The hour trip to an from Stewart Island is as comfortable as the sea makes it - for us it was smooth on the way over and pretty choppy on the way back. The ferry service is well run with comfortable waiting areas, parking if...More

1  Thank patriciaoc
Reviewed 27 December 2011

We tossed up whether to take the ferry or to the flight to Stewart Island from Invercargill for a short holiday break. The flight from Invercargill airport is certainly quicker and costs only $75/couple return more than the ferry. In the end we decided on...More

2  Thank Winetourist
Reviewed 11 December 2011

great service and beautiful ferry road over. secure parking which isn't bad value

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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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29 August 2016|
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