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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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Parksville, BC
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92 reviews 92 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It is not every day that you have the chance to visit Stewart Island (New Zealand's third biggest island), so although the fare may seem a little high, it is well worth spending the money to experience Stewart Island, even if only for a day trip (which we did). The staff at the ferry terminal and on the vessel were... More

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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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110 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had read that crossing the Foveaux Strait via the Stewart Island Ferry could get exciting (which we were hoping for!), but to our dismay, the sea conditions were incredibly mellow on both trips (TO and FROM Stewart Island), with swells less than 3 meters. Both of our on-board experiences provided us with calm seas and clear skies; this allowed... More

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Newark, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Booking and organisation on land both ends was great. Crossings both took place despite windy and raining conditions. Free tea and coffee was good but it was very cold and expensive. $300 return.

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Very smooth ride, crew were lovely and made your ride as comfortable as could be. Boat ride was fun, and the cabin was very spacious. The captain was very funny and all the family had a great time!

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Real_Journeys, Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this review

EBS7118, Glad to hear that you had a smooth ride and all the family had a great time on Stewart Island. Thanks for your 5-stars and we will pass on your review to our crew. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience team. More

Broadbeach, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Well our trip to Stewart Island was a little rough - sea wise. Gorgeous scenery looking back at Bluff & coming towards Stewart Island & into Halfmoon Bay. A few of passengers were sick but looked after so well, with sick bags provided & cool face cloths to clean up. The rain stopped for us, we were told by the... More

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Nantes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The service was good, the ferry was clean. I have to warn you though, the sea can be very rough and there were lots of people getting seasick. It is an hour journey from Bluff to stewart Island. However, the staffs looked very professional and they were very helpful to those people who got seasick and kept throwing up.

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We went across to Stewart Island on our last trip to NZ and will go again when we go back later this year. The crew of the Ferry could not have done more to make the trip enjoyable, from sipping complimentery coffee in the cabin to viewing wildlife on deck it was brilliant. When my Husband was trying to take... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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