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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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$98.20*
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Return Ferry to Stewart Island from Bluff
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$55.81*
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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 (Albatross) 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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  • Average5%
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“foveaux strait” (32 reviews)
“both ways” (19 reviews)
“rough seas” (12 reviews)
LOCATION
Stewart Island Visitor Terminal | Main Wharf, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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+64 3-212 7660
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"foveaux strait"
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"both ways"
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"rough seas"
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"return trip"
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"sick bags"
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"bumpy ride"
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"roller coaster"
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"tea and coffee"
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"wild ride"
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"both directions"
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"rear deck"
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"sea legs"
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"hour crossing"
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"motion sickness"
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"secure car park"
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"lucky with the weather"
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"pleasant trip"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely travel on the cat. A little rough for the other of our party that came over the next day but with wonderful staff on board and assistance , all was good. Even the non seafarers..would highly recommend

Thank sooz03
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Crossed in strong winds with 5m waves—thoroughly enjoyed it! Crew were on hand and attentive to those feeling ill. Journey back was far more comfortable in calm seas. Would highly recommend!

Thank Victoria S
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Reviewed May 15, 2018 via mobile

We had a great trip over to the island but as the weather deteriorated the return trip was canceled. With an early morning crossing still planned we found the ferry well suited to the Deep South conditions Great crew n skippers

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Reviewed May 14, 2018

Check in process was easy, bags were dropped in containers outside to be loaded on the ferry. Plenty of seats inside, but not so much standing room outside for those that like to travel in the fresh air. The journey itself was comfortable but we...More

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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Loved the experience from John at Stewart island counter welcoming you with a great NZ smile, cracking a joke or two while he processes your tickets. The staff attending to your luggage, assisting you board the Vessel, a comfortable boat.. and free coffee onboard (instant)...More

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Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

The boat is amazing. Despite 5m waves and 70km winds, the boat coped very well. The crew in those conditions were terrific assisting passengers.

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Reviewed April 22, 2018

We went on a day which was very rocky on the waters and I almost puked my guts out. Me and 5 other passengers were sitting at the back of the boat, eyes on the horizon, clutching onto our barf bags. Complementary tea and coffee...More

Thank chvrche5
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

We booked the Bird watching trip to Ulva Island. We were surprised that there were only 3 of us on this trip! Talk about a treat! Our crew was great, very informative and fun. We were on our way to Ulva Island when suddenly our...More

Thank shutter_bug1971
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Reviewed April 16, 2018

I was with a group of American sailors on Stewart Island recently. The weather was to say the least challenging and all ferries were cancelled on one of the days we were there. However the staff of Stewart Island Experience were just wonderful. The afternoon...More

Thank QCLodge
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Reviewed April 14, 2018

Very comfortable ferry and great staff. Crossing was quite rough on our return journey but crew were very helpful.

Thank missa554
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LooseLarry
January 11, 2018|
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Response from Chris P | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don't know as friend paid
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terryandjoan2017
July 9, 2017|
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Response from BSAfatty | Reviewed this property |
Plenty of parking by the ferry terminal and Bluff is a lovely safe town. You should have no problem at all.
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Pam C
August 29, 2016|
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Response from LeighR625 | Reviewed this property |
Check the ferry schedules and see if it comordinates with your flights.... Or fly both ways or one way. The ferry trip is great... Enjoy x
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