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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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Bloomington, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I guess the nature of this ferry is that weather conditions will dictate. On both ride over and back - and at the terminals - the crew were very professional. The coffee was free! The two comments - perhaps a bit more commentary info, however the sound system does suffer from that similar to airlines in that no one can... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

What a ride! On a calm day the swell is still impressive. If you like fun park rides you will love it. Great staff and confident skipper belts through the chop. Fantastic to watch Albatross sailing around the boat. They must be proud delivering people to the amazing place that is Stewart Island. Very professional.

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North Bend, Washington, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

The Stewart Island Ferry is a convenient way to take a trip to Stewart Island, which is the southern-most part of New Zealand, to enjoy a great walk around the island and take in the views, wildlife and fauna. The ferry ride itself is quite comfortable though the seas can be choppy at times so may want to take some... More

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