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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience

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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...more
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Stewart Island Visitor Terminal | Main Wharf, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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+64 3-212 7660
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Yes they told us this is the most rough sea in NZ, but hey we are sailors as well....... So check-in at the terminal 30 min before departure to change our voucher in a ticket. Left the luggage in a luggage cart. Lots of seats...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MTBChica
Reviewed 5 days ago

You can only get to Stewart Island by flying or by ferry. You could say the ferry ride was a bit rough the day we traveled. On the up side the ferry is very safe and the staff very friendly and helpful

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ManDoFood
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Organised and easy to travel between islands - really impressed with ease of journey. I'm not the best traveller but staff and team made it so straight forward and felt extremely safe

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank LidT
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super efficient ferry service - 1 hour crossing - staff are great - what more is there to say. Only other option is to fly which is a lot more or charter your own boat.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Northamptonmark
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had superb weather and the crossing both ways was a doddle. Have done crossings in the past with BIG seas and it can be an assault on the nerves! The crew as ever were slick and super well organised. As I have seen previously,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank stevem7620
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We traveled to Stewart Island and back a few days later. Both ways were a bit bumpy but Skipper handled the waves a bit better on way out. Very pleasant staff and comfort both ways

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Pat H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Refunded full amount they were unable to fulfil trip due to bad weather, excellent company. Not their fault. If only accommodation on Stewart Island was this honest.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank O8178RHpault
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a very rough sea because of very heavy wind. The captain (a woman !) managed to ride the high waves in a perfect manner. However she could do it, but she did ! Thank you for that. The staff/service was very friendly and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Saschasss
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were very lucky with weather conditions when we traveled. The ferry was comfortable and the journey took an hour. We also took advantage of free travel during school holidays for our grandchildren

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 787stephanieb787
Reviewed January 16, 2019 via mobile

We crossed the strait with two young kids in 30 knots gusting to 45 knots with moderate swells - so not so calm - but the modern catamaran ferry handled it easily and it was a great ride. For some seasick folks the crew were...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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LooseLarry
January 11, 2018|
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Response from DeeAv8r | Reviewed this property |
The walk on only ferry is about $100... one way .... complimentary coffee and water... there are other options for snacks n drinks for a charge.
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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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