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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 29 December 2017 via mobile

Ferry was great, jump on board and away you go essentially. Doesn’t take that long to get to the island only an hour. Prefer to go by boat than plane any day. The ferries make easy work of the strait, always fun when it’s a...More

Thank KylieBruce
Reviewed 23 December 2017

You have two choices to get to Stewart Island: Ferry or fly.. We chose the catamaran ferry. It is very casual, basic service. The ferry seats about 100-125 passengers.There is a bar on board. Luggage is loaded into watertight bins which are strapped onto the...More

Thank ron028
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Stewart Island Ferry Co. was great about waiting until last flight arrives to pick you up from airport, regardless what their actual time table says ... and gets you to the ferry in time. They offer shuttle service to local hotels in Invercargil as well....More

Thank DeeAv8r
Reviewed 17 December 2017

Basically the only way to cross from Bluff, the ferry is comfortable and right on time. Staff friendly and luggage loaded and unloaded on each side.

Thank ten2one
Reviewed 8 December 2017

Our ferry ride over to Stewart Island was rough. Winds were 30 knots we were told and the waves were 3 to 3 1/2 meters. Despite this it was very clear the crew knew exactly what they were doing and we never felt in any...More

Thank Michael Y
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Good commentary both ways. We were lucky to have a smooth crossing both ways. Comfortable. Complimentary tea and coffee

Thank Colleen1205
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Ferry left late, encountered fog which slowed the journey down. Crew would have known about fog, should have made an effort to leave on time. Due to late arrival on island, bus trip was cancelled. However, bus could have started trip late and still been...More

Thank ChiChiBrisbane
Reviewed 4 December 2017

From the moment we arrived, it was a wonderful experience, the check-in staff and crew were all very helpful and friendly. Secure parking for the day was NZ$10. The crossing took exactly an hour each way. On our way back, there were a pod of...More

Thank YellowDefender90
Reviewed 3 December 2017

Was picked up from the Invercargill Airport and dropped off at the wharf in Bluff. An 'interesting' trip to Oban-wind and waves but we were all well looked after by the crew!! Left and arrived on time. Loved the bins for the luggage-most efficient

Thank dawnmcsea
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Our crossing from Bluff to Stewart Island was a little rough. The return trip the next day was a bit smoother. So much so the Skipper handed the wheel over to one of the other staff members. I can only hope she was in training....More

Thank Sharon I
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11 January 2018|
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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