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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience

Address: Stewart Island Visitor Terminal | Main Wharf, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 212 7660
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Type: Ferries/ Boats, Transportation
Owner description: Stewart Island Experience operates daily ferry service between Bluff and Stewart Island all year...
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Type: Ferries/ Boats, Transportation
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).

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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382 reviews 382 reviews
210 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

It's pretty easy getting to Stewart Island on the Ferry. Efficient, casual and all laid back. And if you are lucky you might even get a quick sighting of one of the Stewart Island "Samsons". The SIS are a bunch of aging blokes who somehow seem to think a very long pony tail enhances their fading masculinity. All quite harmless... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Our trip over to Stewart Island was exciting as there were gale force wind warnings in place at the time, so I was a little concerned prior to leaving. However, the trip was absolutely fine, I would liken it to going up and down on a small roller coaster, none of us were seasick. The return trip was a lot... More 

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Bega, NSW, AUS
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We've caught the ferry a number of times and the experience of the ocean/strait varies. On our 2 trips this year, we had one rollercoaster trip (which can be quite exhilarating if you like that sort of thing but those who get seasick should take precautions). The trip back was relatively smooth. The service itself is competent, trustworthy and reliable.... More 

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Konigswinter, Germany
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45 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

If you want to go to Stewart Island by boat, I don't think there is an alternative to Real Journeys (one of the big corporations in NZ tourism) ferry service. Monopoly is normally not good for the customer. Not in this case, though. The boats are modern, the check-in easy and uncomplicated, luggage is limited to two bags per person... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The ferry out of Bluff in the morning ran early. Awesome. And ran the swells fantastically - a bit rough at times, but not unpleasant. In the afternoon, our village and bays tour had run a bit overtime, and we needed to get to the Kai Kart for dinner for Mr nearly-2. The check-in agent called the Kart to let... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Excellent experience as we had a room on Stewart island but forgot to book ferry. Was able to do so at the last minute and the ferry service was as good as any I've been on. Friendly and knowledgeable staff and the ferry was a nice solid ride for a couple who don't like much to travel on water.

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wellington New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Very comfortable crossing. Saw blue penguins, and albatross too during the crossing! Heard about the history of the Island and landmarks along the way. 1 hour to cross.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I took the ferry from bluff to stewart island. During the trip, I saw seagulls, penguins, albatrosses. If you want to have a better view, you can sit/stand the rear deck of boat. Enjoy the fresh air and waves.

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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The trip over was a bit bumpy but great and the people on board were very helpfull.The trip back was smooth and also saw the snow on the mountains in the north island

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Middlesbrough
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The ferry is a fairly standard small island ferry comfortable enough when the weather is ok but not when its rough. There's a good chance of seeing sea birds, on the crossing. It can be very noisy depending who's travelling we had a load of very noisy children on the way back.

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