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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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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 (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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$54*
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One-Way Ferry to Stewart Island from Bluff
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$54*
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One-Way Ferry to Bluff from Stewart Island
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$93*
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Return Ferry to Stewart Island from Bluff

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Quick crossing of a challenging piece of water

I was not looking forward to the Foveaux Strait ferry crossing after my memories of a rough crossing of the old boat ( that took 3 hours) back in the 1980's. However this is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Palmerston North
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Palmerston North
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was not looking forward to the Foveaux Strait ferry crossing after my memories of a rough crossing of the old boat ( that took 3 hours) back in the 1980's. However this is a modern high speed catamaran that coped well in a westerly roll on the way over and a northerly swell on the way back. The trip... More 

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Lake Macquarie, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Visitors travel to Stewart Island from Bluff either by plane or the more affordable but still relatively expensive Stewart Island Ferry service. Our ferry trip was quite pleasant and was made in relatively calm seas with an informative commentary made by the skipper as points of interest arose. We passed quite number of islands and a fleet of oyster fishing... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

The Foveaux Strait, between the South Island and Stewart Island takes less than an hour. We experienced one delightful crossing and one challenging crossing. The ferries are state of the art and very comfortable and clean. Luggage was handled efficiently and gently. The captain gave information of interest to travelers and pointed out sea life as we went along. When... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

A trip down memory lane for hubby & I, to Oban, Stewart Island. Previously there as young teenagers, long before we knew each other. This time we were accompanied by hubbys brother & sister-in-law, both of whom had never been. So, 4 of us, all in our 60's. I remember the last crossing I experienced, in an old boat, feeling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic essential for everyone visiting Stewart island amazing guides thanks Kyle Worth taking the trip to the island

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

No fuss, on time, and away we went. The ferry over to the Island had commentary by a very wise man, and we not only enjoyed the water, but learning more about our locale.

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Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Been on the bucket list for a while and finally got to it. Well worth the wait. EVerything, including the weather was perfect..even the ferry ride which we were warned about Was perfect there and back. The staff were most professional Informative and friendly.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

just came back from Stewart Island this morning, sailing was great, beautiful sunrise, great trip for taking photo's. The captain, while steering was very approachable and chatty, crew all nice. Can't wait to go back to Stewart Island (Rakiura) and spend more time there, to get there the Stewart Island Ferry is the only way for us.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

It is the only way to get to lovely Stewart Island, and the operators know this. It is relatively expensive. But then, once you are on board, it is a three quarter hour rollercoaster ride bouncing over the waves. Unless the weather is truely horrible, it is possible to go outside on the aft deck, and get thoroughly soaked by... More 

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Communication is a bit non existent at the check in, in bluff. We just followed others and put our gear in storage bins, and checked in and got our purple tags. then waited, and waited. 9.30am sailing time, came and went and we waited, Suddenly at 9.40am people were moving to the door and someone shouted "boarding" and that was... More 

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