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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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Description: 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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Excellent service to and from the island

As a Stewart Island local I travel on the ferry a lot, and have never had a negative experience. The staff are pleasant, efficient and well informed and often provide a commentary... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Stewart Island, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

As a Stewart Island local I travel on the ferry a lot, and have never had a negative experience. The staff are pleasant, efficient and well informed and often provide a commentary during the crossing pointing out wildlife and various other things during the trip. Foveaux Strait is a notoriously rough and wild stretch of water and the occasional crossing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We caught the Ferry to the island, I think the weather is not very good for us , it's very bumpy on the sea way, but it's still safe to travel on it.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A great place to visit at any time, but when I return I would consider "off-seaon" which will be quieter and less crowded.

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Attleborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We took the ferry to and from Stewart Island in July 2015 and were lucky to have good weather. The staff were helpful and even let me us their phone to book in for our tour the following morning. On the way back, they took the time to point out dolphins in the bay. We left our car in the... More 

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Eatontown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

There are two ways to get from Invergargill to Stewart Island. The ferry is far cheaper but slow. Flying is expensive but fast. I've used the boat both times and prefer it.

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great staff who looked after my mum when she was horrendously seasick. You really need your sealegs to take this journey but it's a quick and efficient way of getting to the island.

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Northland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Dont text or use your phone/laptop. Sit in the middle rear seating if its rough - you will feel ill if you sit up the front in the rough. Its only a short trip really and the boat goes in all weather, dont book via real journeys - youll pay 3x the price if you do. online direct or on... More 

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A typical offering by RealJourneys - friendly staff, clean transport, with food and drinks available in the bar. I found the morning ride much more calming than the afternoon ride.

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YORKSHIRE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Excellent modern ferry service, fast and reliable. Crossing was very choppy though!!! Do not sit at the front if you get sea sick!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The sick bags behind each seat were a clue. This ride can be rough. However, it is also never boring. There are often albatross out back and the rough sea can be exciting. In the distance, in the midst of the rolling southern ocean swell... a sail! Some people are just harder than others, I guess. Anyway, the boat ride... More 

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