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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience

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Address: Stewart Island Visitor Terminal | Main Wharf, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 212 7660
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Stewart Island Experience operates daily ferry service between Bluff and...

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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$51*
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One-Way Ferry to Stewart Island from Bluff
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$51*
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One-Way Ferry to Bluff from Stewart Island
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$88*
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Return Ferry to Stewart Island from Bluff

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We traveled both ways on the ferry with our car left safely parked in Bluff. One way was a bit rough - but the trip is not very long (1 hour) and was very manageable. Competent... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We traveled both ways on the ferry with our car left safely parked in Bluff. One way was a bit rough - but the trip is not very long (1 hour) and was very manageable. Competent and friendly staff. An added bonus were the dolphins in Halfmoon Bay.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great and efficient service to and from Stewart Island, the seas were a little rough but the friendly and efficient staff made it a great journey, felt very safe.

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Thank Lynn N
Hamilton, New Zealand
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Perhaps we just struck it lucky with the weather, but our two crossings of Foveaux Strait a week apart were both very pleasant. It takes just an hour to get from Bluff to Oban. The ferry is modern, fast and comfortable. There is tea and coffee available on board, and toilets. You can take two bags per person, which are... More 

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Thank 22KiwiTraveller22
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were very lucky to have extremely calm crossings in both directions! An extremely efficient operation in terms of check in and boarding and free hot drinks too.

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Thank Mary N
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You'll need reservations, and be mindful that the only way things get to Stewart Island is by Ferry, so you may be traveling with food crates, cars, ???, and occasionally its too rough to go! You can get a bite to eat but we're talking VERY basic. it is an experience! Saw a penguin rolling in the surf on the... More 

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Thank Susan C
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We travelled to Stewart Island on a relatively calm day and the ferry was a piece of cake. We returned on a stormy day and our 4 year old was very sick! That is not to say anything negative about the ferry service - the staff were great. They were handing out and collecting the sick bags like champions. The... More 

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Thank Lizzie H
Auckland, New Zealand
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460 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great way to get to and from StewartIsland no matter the weather. The trip is an hour plus the bus ride to Invercargill and it only runs at 8, 3 and 5, but it will always run which the panes do not. the crew are cheery and the boat is warm or cool depending on weather.

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Thank applejuice12
Hastings, New Zealand
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a bit of a bumpy sailing going over to Stewart island. The return trip was much better sailing. The service was great and the commentary was very informative and relevant.

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Morro Bay, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't have any rough seas, so the trip was only an hour. It is a catamaran, so more stable and less wobbly if there were seas. I sat outside coming and going and enjoyed all the birds blasting by...

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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 2 girls and I totally recommend travelling across to Stewart Island on the ferry and visiting nearby Ulva Island by Rakaiia Water Taxis to see the many native birds on this DOC reserve. We saw 4 Kakas, 6 Wekas, numerous Stewart Island Robins (very friendly), a yellow headed kakariki, 2 saddlebacks and 2 bellbirds. We self-guided using the excellent... More 

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