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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience
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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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

catri0nay0ung, thank you for posting a review that will be useful for other travellers..
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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!

Date of experience: April 2018
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2018

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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2018

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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2018

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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Reviewed 19 April 2018

We booked the Bird watching trip to Ulva Island. We were surprised that there were only 3 of us on this trip! Talk about a treat! Our crew was great, very informative and fun. We were on our way to Ulva Island when suddenly our captain spotted a whale breaching the water. We spent quite a bit of time following him and watching. It was great! We saw blue penguins playing in the water and seals laying on rocks. Our tour of Ulva Island was great. A very beautiful place and our guide was fantastic, sharing all sorts of information. We saw several rare birds and the Southern Right Whale?! It was the best finale to our last day in NZ! You can't beat it!

Date of experience: October 2017
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2018

Kia Ora and thanks for the review. We are thrilled to read your comments.
Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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