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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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Amazing place, but I'm not sure I would make the long journey down

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Hong Kong
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182 reviews 182 reviews
62 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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36 reviews 36 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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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 

London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Real_Journeys, Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this review

Clayelect, Thanks for taking the time to post your feedback. Glad you enjoyed your trip with us. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team More 

Cronulla, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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Real_Journeys, Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this review

Deb P, Thanks for your feedback. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team More 

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