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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience

Address: Stewart Island Visitor Terminal | Main Wharf, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 212 7660
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Type: Ferries/ Boats, Other
Owner description: Stewart Island Experience operates daily ferry service between Bluff and Stewart Island all year...
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Type: Ferries/ Boats, Other
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).

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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The trip over was a bit bumpy but great and the people on board were very helpfull.The trip back was smooth and also saw the snow on the mountains in the north island

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Middlesbrough
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48 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The ferry is a fairly standard small island ferry comfortable enough when the weather is ok but not when its rough. There's a good chance of seeing sea birds, on the crossing. It can be very noisy depending who's travelling we had a load of very noisy children on the way back.

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Christchurch
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The staff were really helpful with the stoage of our gear with one bin for the sixteen of us which with asking nicely was delivered to our hotel as one lot and the bin was taken back to our hotel when we left so we did not lug our gear around. with those who were seasick the staff on the... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The ferry was very comfortable with wide windows allowing for plenty of views as you cross Foveaux Strait whether from Bluff to Stewart Island or the other way. While the strait was calm on the way over, it was pretty rough on the way back (from Stewart Island), so if you get seasick, keep that in mind!

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Friendly skipper who let us come up and ask heaps of questions about anything from the depth under the boat to how often they have to call off journeys due to weather.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Made my booking via phone after reading the website - very helpful staff. A well organised operation. Great price as I was travelling with my two school children in the school holidays and so they travelled for free! (Which was fantastic in savings and enabled us to do other things on Stewart Island because of it). Great advice and information... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Stay out the back for a good ferry over, see all the islands on the way over - hold on though if it's choppy...!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Bumpy Trip over but was a great experience. Got to see the small islands heading into stewart island. We loved the Ferry, it was great fun.

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Parksville, BC
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50 helpful votes 50 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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123 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 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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