Stewart Island Flights
Stewart Island Flights
4.5
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We maintain scheduled flights linking Stewart Island and Invercargill year round. Charter Flights to Mason Bay and Doughboy Bay.
Invercargill, New Zealand

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Grant N
Hastings, New Zealand1,515 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Loved the trip across the strait - low enough to be able to see things and the approach to Stewart Island was great. First glimpse of the runway was a "how the hell are they going to land on that" moment - but it all worked out well and it was a great trip. Coming back was bumpy but it was more like a theme park ride - loved it all. Not a lot of room in the planes which probably made it feel more comfortable in many ways. Pilots were excellent - a sense of humour appears to be a prerequisite for them as they made us very comfortable with a fair amount of dry wit. Definitely worth the trip. And it's quicker than the ferry
Written 15 April 2024
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Kylie
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had booked to do a day trip on Stewart Island with a couple of extra tours in March 2024. Unfortunately, the night before we were due to travel, my partner became unwell and tested positive for COVID that morning which meant we had to cancel the trip at very short notice ( outside the required 48 hour cancellation window). In spite of this, due to the circumstances, Stewart Island Flights went out of their way to resell our afternoon flight and bus tour and chose to refund us for these costs even though they were not legally required to do so.

We were very grateful and think this shows the quality and integrity of the company, thank you very much :-)
Written 25 March 2024
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Jordan Barron
Christchurch, New Zealand26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The staff at Stewart Island flights are exceptional, particularly Amy and Shona. They were great at suggestions for our trip and Shona gave us a very informative bus tour . Her personal touches and input made the tour really memorable and enjoyable. Would highly recommend to every visitor . The flights were terrific- well organised , easy and fantastic scenery. Would be my first choice every time !! Thank you .
Written 10 February 2024
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Heather F
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Amazing experience taking the plane to Stewart Island. Very easy check in etc at Invercargill airport. Flight takes approximately 30 minutes and we were lucky that both outbound and inbound flights we took were not too bumpy as the weather was good. We certainly felt the extra cost above the ferry was worth it
Written 10 February 2024
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Dreamer41154645845
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Pilot Leon was absolutely amazing! When we had to change our pick up date from dough boy bay he made it all work for us, he was friendly with our kids and us. I would highly recommend flying with them. The pilot who took up back from Oban let our youngest boy sit in the passenger seat which he can't stop talking about. Fantastic air line with the most friendly and accommodating pilots, thank you guys so much for making our experience the best while being on steward island! Tye family!
Written 25 January 2024
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Carl S
Sydney, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Quick flight and friendly staff. If you can deal with the 15kg baggage limit, it’s absolutely worth doing. It was about $5 more than the ferry if you include the invercargill shuttle.
If you’re hiking, I recommend ferry there and fly back so you can buy the gas cans and food on the mainland (cheaper) and you’ll be lighter after eating it. You can’t take gas on the plane.
Written 18 January 2024
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Stu Leslie
Upper Hutt, New Zealand65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Because Wifey is not a sailor, we decided to fly to Stewart Island from Invercargill. Check in at Invercargill was quick and easy with friendly helpful staff making life easy. We had booked a mid afternoon return same day but were told if we decided to stay a while longer, there were seats available on later flights. We could make a decision on the island and let the team over there know.

Top Tip: get the front row seats or the co-pilot seat for best views.

Plane was small but didn't feel cramped. Pilot was great. Flight was 20 minutes. Landing was an experience ... the runway is long enough so don't panic.

We took the 90 minute guided bus tour also with Stewart Island Flights. Een though there is only 28 kilometres of roads on Stewart Island, we never covered all of them because the tour took us to the best places anyway. Guide was brilliant and knew all the answers to the million questions we asked.

After the bus tour we did indeed move our return flight back to a much later flight and spend all day exploring more of the island.

Departing the island was quick and easy just like it was in Invercargill. The whole team was brilliant to deal with.

Top Tip: Book a Coast to Coast flight next time. Fly from Invercargill to Mason Bay then walk the 15.5km (4hr) relatively flat trail to Freshwater Hut then get a water taxi to Golden Bay wharf.

Top Tip: book accommodation and stay the night - that's when the 20,000+ kiwis come out to feed.
Written 3 January 2024
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Moe F
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Such an easy and unforgettable experience! From check-in to arrival at Invercargill Airport, a friendly and efficient process by all! Breathtaking views as we departed Stewart Island and a lovely smooth flight! Definitely recommend Stewart Island Flights!
Written 14 June 2023
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Richard C
Hamilton, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Great experience and highly recoomended way to get to Rakiura. Loved the views and the way that you were made to feel safe and secure. This was my first flight and I have already booked another flight in Janurary.
Written 23 May 2023
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Gary Jones
52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A great little airline. Very friendly staff. We flew down to Stewart Island on a day with very high winds forecasted. They worked very hard to get us onto Stewart Island before the high winds arrived. The last few minutes of the flight were very interesting to say the least. Just as well they have skilled pilots.
Written 1 May 2023
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