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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience
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US$99.47*
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Return Ferry to Stewart Island from Bluff
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Owner description: 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, keep a look out for the Mollymawks (Albatross) that often follow the vessel. Daily coach connections operate between Bluff and Invercargill, and in summer also to Te Anau and Queenstown (summer only).
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
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Kia Ora Kruuza, Thank you for your wonderful recommendation. We are very happy to hear you had a lovely experience with our hospitable crew. Yes the weather can be temperamental sometimes but like you pointed out all is well that ends well. We look forward to welcoming you back on board for another trip to Stewart Island.
Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience

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"foveaux strait"
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"both ways"
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"rough seas"
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"wild ride"
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"complimentary tea and coffee"
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"rear deck"
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"sea legs"
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"secure car park"
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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 were fortunate to have fairly calm conditions. Free tea / coffee offered on board.

Thank catri0nay0ung
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

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

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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) to warm the hands and belly. Great transport to and from the mainland!

Thank Doryundercover
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Kia Ora Doryundercover, Thanks for the review! We’re so happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience and you were well looked after by our hospitable crew. We will pass on the great feedback to John!
Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience

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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.

Thank Raynboz
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Kia Ora and thanks for the review. The crossing can be a little rough at times so we appreciate your kind comments around the quality and helpfulness of our crew.
Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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Reviewed 22 April 2018

We went on a day which was very rocky on the waters and I almost puked my guts out. Me and 5 other passengers were sitting at the back of the boat, eyes on the horizon, clutching onto our barf bags.

Complementary tea and coffee was available, but as soon as the boat headed out, all the passengers were either glued to their seats or running out to the back so they could puke overboard. Make sure you get your coffee or tea before the boat moves out!

The crew were clearly experienced, sailor legs and all. Really helped everyone who didn't feel well on the boat out.

Thank chvrche5
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to post your review. Yes, it can be a little choppy at times, but then as you mention our team are experienced professionals and very hospitable. We look forward to welcoming you back on board for another trip to Stewart Island.
Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience

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