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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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Tour New Zealand - 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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
42 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Hong Kong
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185 reviews 185 reviews
62 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Stewart and Ulva Island are truly amazing places to visit but I'm not sure you can't see most of the same thing in Dunedin. I saw most of the same rainforest and birds in the Eco park in Dunedin that I saw on Stewart Island and Ulva Island. It is a beautiful part of the world but I'm not sure... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Luckily the weather was good so our crossing was good. The commentary on the journey to Stewart island was useful and interesting.

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Efficient, clean and comfortable. Two very smooth crossings. Captain, clearly a local, provided great commentary about the oyster fishing industry on the way over. Another male staff member shared info about the mutton bird colonies and various other bits and pieces. Complimentary tea and coffee on board too. Only negative I have about the crossings was from Oban to Bluff,... More 

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

myreviews48, Thanks for your positive feedback regarding the captain, vessel and commentary. We have passed on all your comments to our Operations Manager for Stewart Island. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team More 

Lincoln, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is a really well organised company - the ferry trip, coach tour and cruise to Paterson Inlet and islands went totally to plan. All their timings are worked out perfectly to ensure a seamless visit and to enable clients to pack in the maximum activity during the day. We were lucky in that the sea crossings were very smooth,... More 

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

Kiwibear_12, Thanks for your feedback and we have taken note of your comment about the departure lounge in Oban. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team More 

Tairua, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We took a day trip with the Stewart Island Ferry and found them to be very good. Smooth crossing both ways with pleasant and informative crew. Our stewardess on the return trip went to great lengths to try and find a copy of a book we had seen in the museum at Oban. Included in our itinerary was a trip... More 

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

DaveD1941, Thanks for your feedback and pleased that our staff tried to help out. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

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

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

Thank you for your review. It is disappointing to read about your experience with us. We pride ourselves on our customer service and sincerely apologise that it was lacking on the day you took the ferry to Stewart Island. We have passed your comments on to the operations manager. We continually review our service and facility and very much appreciate... More 

Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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

Vincent W, Thanks for posting a review about the Stewart Island Ferry. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team More 

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