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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience

Stewart Island Visitor Terminal | Main Wharf, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
+64 3 212 7660
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Type: Ferries/ Boats
Owner description: Stewart Island Experience operates daily ferry service between Bluff and Stewart Island all year around. Stewart Island is New Zealand’s ultimate... more » 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 (Albatrosses) that often follow the vessel. Daily coach connections operate between Bluff and Invercargill, and in summer also to Te Anau and Queenstown (summer only). « less
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Broadbeach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Well our trip to Stewart Island was a little rough - sea wise. Gorgeous scenery looking back at Bluff & coming towards Stewart Island & into Halfmoon Bay. A few of passengers were sick but looked after so well, with sick bags provided & cool face cloths to clean up. The rain stopped for us, we were told by the... More

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Nantes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The service was good, the ferry was clean. I have to warn you though, the sea can be very rough and there were lots of people getting seasick. It is an hour journey from Bluff to stewart Island. However, the staffs looked very professional and they were very helpful to those people who got seasick and kept throwing up.

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We went across to Stewart Island on our last trip to NZ and will go again when we go back later this year. The crew of the Ferry could not have done more to make the trip enjoyable, from sipping complimentery coffee in the cabin to viewing wildlife on deck it was brilliant. When my Husband was trying to take... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

If you have motion sickness, take your drugs! It is a short trip but the seas seem to be rough all the time between the mainland and Stewart Island. You load your suitcases in a big bin that is lifted onto the ferry and back on land at the terminal. That was interesting : )

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

The ferry ride both ways was good despite rather rough conditions. They teach you a lot about wildlife as well which is great for people like me that don't have a clue. Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed by Stewart Island itself and the Great Walk. I expected the landscape to be more unique and different from NZ South Island. Except... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Comfortable despite rather bumpy water. The crew were very sympathetic to us oldies needing assistance.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

loved the big, fresh and very delicious oysters. loved the ginger beer, and good fried potatoes. we needed to order a day before, which was not easy to comply with, due to our touring plans.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Expensive, but very worthwhile. The captain pointed out wildlife we were passing, which turned what would otherwise have been just a ferry crossing into a wildlife cruise. Bit choppy though - this is supposed to be one of the roughest seas in the world after all! But at least you could sit outside in the fresh air and enjoy the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We were fortunate that our crossings to and from Stewart Island were relatively calm. The service ran to time and was comfortable.

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Russell, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The Foveaux Strait is known for it's rough weather - and so a trip from Bluff to Stewart Island on a ferry is a bit of a hit and miss in terms of wave height and generally rough seas... oh boy did we have a rough ride over... but never felt safer - the crew handled the few sick passengers... More

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