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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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Fast, friendly service for those with sealegs!

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... read more

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

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 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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Invercargill
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Its always and adventure going to the island, our trip over was pretty rough but coming home is was much smoother. One disadvantage of going to the island mid winter is that everything other than the pub is shut, there was no other option for dining which is a shame.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Yes the price of the ferry is expensive, but what else are you going to do? Charter a plane? (you can do that). The journey from Bluff to Stewart Island was loads of fun, bumpy and rocky with tons of rain. We got the first ferry over and last ferry back its a shame it doesn't go earlier and come... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Had such a rough ride but nothing you can do about rough seas. Take seasickness tabs an hour before if it's rough.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The Journey from Bluff to Stuart Island was excellent. The trip is in high speed catamaran. Going to Stuart Island we crossed on the tail end of a storm with waves bouncing over us and the captain having to quickly keep changing direction to head into the waves. Sorry to say but many people were sea-sick, I think Hazel and... More 

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Goulburn and Surrounds, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

You would almost think we were doing them a favour by going on the ferry. $150 return travel so that locals (supposedly) can travel free is rather steep. While the Island is interesting, it is hardly worth it for a day. If trekking around for a week it could be worthwhile. The female ship crew barely gave any acknowledgement when... More 

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

Thank you for your review. The return ferry ticket to Stewart Island has been reduced to $130 and the price also now includes the $5 Stewart Island levy. The Foveaux Strait is an expensive piece of water to operate on commercially year-round so locals don’t travel for free on the ferries although we do run a number of different “kids... More 

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Address: Address: Stewart Island Visitor Terminal | Main Wharf, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 212 7660
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Stewart Island

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