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Stewart Island Flights

Invercargill, New Zealand
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About Stewart Island Flights
We maintain scheduled flights linking Stewart Island and Invercargill year round. Charter Flights to Mason Bay and Doughboy Bay.
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Greg F wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand873 contributions110 helpful votes
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We really wanted to do a scenic flight over Rakiura (Stewart Island), but instead opted for the flight from Invercargill to Oban on our flight in. Turned out to be a good decision, as the views were amazing on landing and a fun experience. We got to see the beautiful Horsehoe and Halfmoon Bay and the tiny airstrip. The plane is a 8-9 seater so it may not be the best option if you have fear of flying, or it's a very windy day. Our flight departed on time, we had one check in bag each and once carry on luggage each which fitted between our legs. The flight was approx 20 minutes and we had a free shuttle from the airstrip to Oban on landing. Try it out, if the weather's good, it's worth the price.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Reinhard G wrote a review Mar 2021
Mapua, New Zealand129 contributions24 helpful votes
After doing the trip to Stewart Island on the ferry years ago, we decided to fly this time. The only positive was the really short duration of the flight. The planes are old and noisy and they cramped 10 people (incl. the pilot) into the tiny cabin. Wearing face masks looked like a joke with no distancing at all. Next time it will be the ferry again.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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VickiBrooklyn wrote a review Jan 2021
Motueka, New Zealand76 contributions6 helpful votes
Flying to Mason Bay and landing on the beach was a great experience. On the day of flying it was very windy and Sam wasn’t sure if he could land near Duck Creek. I was so pleased he did as it would have been a long walk to Mason bay hut. We were doing the Coast to Coast trip. As we were staying longer in Oban, we had extra baggage and the team were more than happy to get it to Oban for us to pickup after our tramp. On the flight back from Oban we were in a bigger plane and the trip went very smoothly. It was great sitting in the van at the end of the runway as the plane flew over us before it landed.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Adriandcass wrote a review Jan 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand306 contributions140 helpful votes
We flew on and off Stewart Island for a recent 4 day weekend. Flight staff at Invercargill airport were very helpful and friendly. Both pilots were great. Unfortunately the service at the Stewart Island end left a lot to be desired. Female driver got really annoyed with me when I asked if she would drop us at our accommodation on the way into town. We were driving straight past. She did stop but not without making us feel terrible for daring to ask. Unfortunately same driver checked us in this morning, 3 hours before flying. 3 of us, we had 2 bookings. She knew we were travelling together so put us on different planes, despite there being a free seat on our plane for our friend. Also sent her luggage on the wrong plane. But the best was the autocratic ‘get your masks on’ to travel in the van, no mask for her though as she proceeded to cough and splutter the entire drive to the airstrip and no aircon on. It’s a shame when one employee has such a negative impact on your brand. The rest of Stewart Island flights was excellent.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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kiwiklan wrote a review Jan 2021
Whangaparaoa, New Zealand125 contributions78 helpful votes
I’m 1.95m tall. Was shoved into a seat that was too small. Seat in front closed on my knees. Pilot wasn’t interested. He could have moved me to the seat behind him but was just keen to slam the door on my leg. No commentary at all. Just pain. Back now injured.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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