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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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On time and comfortable ride

This was a good company and they were all about being on time. I had no complaints at all and would use them again

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This was a good company and they were all about being on time. I had no complaints at all and would use them again

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Our experience was ok, we found the customer service a bit lacking in areas. There were no announcements made to the waiting customers so we were left in the dark as to why we were late in leaving Bluff. Fortunately our crossing both ways was pretty smooth. However going to Stewart Island we were sitting by the skipper and had... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We were lucky with the weather as the sea was smooth. On a rough day the experience might be different. We took the bus transfer from Queenstown to the ferry and to Te Anau from the ferry. These all worked very well and the connections worked easily. Very has a interesting way of handling baggage which means that it is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We parked our car at Bluff and took the ferry to the island and vice versa. The ferry is clean and comfortable with toilets (clean) on board. There is a bar with snacks and soft and alcoholic drinks on board at fair prices. The skipper was user friendly and happy to answer any questions. Very punctual and luggage loaded and... More 

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Cronulla, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My husband loved the ride being craned on and off the ferry, wish I could have had a turn too! It's a lovely trip, the crew are great and give entertaining and informative commentary. We had 2 fairly smooth trips especially the return trip, they also ran right on time.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Our trip in either direction was enjoyable with surprisingly little swell and turbulence. We were sorry we had not realised we could have received a 20% discount by purchasing our tickets when we took the day tour with the same company to Doubtful Sound. Tickets are expensive. The complimentary coffee was appreciated. Parking at $8 was fairly expensive I thought... More 

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Katikati, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Informative captain and staff. Ferry ran on time. Luckily it was a calm trip for us but guess that is not always the case. We stopped and were able to see the oyster dredgers working. Very interesting and great to see the wildlife

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Waikato Region, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Great staff, nice facilities and we had wonderful calm weather which helped enormously. I think however that the staff would have been very helpful had it been rough.

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Holywell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The twin hulled ferry's sail daily between Bluff harbour and Stewart Island. Booking in advance is preferable and there is ample car parking at Bluff. One piece of luggage per person is allowed on the ferry so it's best to check before sailing just what you can take on board. The crew are friendly and very helpful. Free tea and... More 

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Stony Creek, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Immaculate ferry, excellent crew, professional, excellent cafe at ferry station on Stewart Island. It was an easy ride over to Stewart Island. The crew was informative, funny and jovial. On the trip back the weather was not good. The crew dealt with the situation in an extremely professional manner. Customers were sick, but were made to feel comfortable. The Captain... More 

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