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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience

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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience

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Stewart Island Visitor Terminal Main Wharf, Stewart Island 9846 New Zealand
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Ulva Island Explorer from Stewart Island

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Ride a catamaran to Paterson Inlet and take a guided walk at Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary. Your cruise showcases hidden coves and unspoiled beaches with informative commentary. Keep an eye out for fur seals and penguins, then learn about native birdlife and plants that flourish in the predator-free environment of Ulva Island. This tour departs Stewart Island in the afternoon, with the option to include a boxed lunch on board. Numbers are limited, for a small-group experience.
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Greg F wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand829 contributions99 helpful votes
We used the Stewart Island ferry on our way from Oban back to Bluff and onward to Invercargill by coach. The weather at the time or crossing was rough, to say the least. We waited in the waiting room prior to boarding as the staff loaded the luggage on to the ferry. Even though it was sunny, we had wind speeds of 40 k/hour and 3-5 meter swells. The captain was excellent in keeping us informed and the staff were attentive to anyone who felt seasick. The crossing was an adventure in itself and an enjoyable experience if you could fight back the sea sickness. On arriving in Bluff, the coach was ready for us to head to Invercargill once we picked up our luggage. Overall, after leaving at 12.30pm we got to Invercargill by 2.20 pm. (1 hour crossing by ferry and about 25 minutes coach - the driver does drop off people to IVC airport first if needed) The service is quite reliable (ours was delayed by 20-30 minutes) if you have flight connections, but I wouldn't be aware that things can change rather quickly with the weather and it's good if you have a back up plan. Luckily we were booked the following morning out of Invercargill to Auckland and hence it did not stress us out if the ferry was delayed. *Tip: Fly one way and take the Ferry the other. Great to experience the different perspectives of crossing the Foveaux strait
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Date of experience: April 2021
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mariannah378 wrote a review Apr 2021
Katikati, New Zealand171 contributions8 helpful votes
I guess we were very lucky with the weather. The only thing I think is stupid is that you have to wear facemasks whereas on the Cook straight Ferry no one has to wear a Facemask. But the boat is a nice catamaran and goes very fast.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Steve W wrote a review Apr 2021
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Rough sea, very thrilling and exciting. Felt totally safe. Crew very attentive to those sea sick. Overall very good experience.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Agapantha56 wrote a review Mar 2021
Greymouth, New Zealand15 contributions3 helpful votes
Well, we’d like to thank Jon from this team, for being fantastic when we found ourselves in a quandary! We were in the completely wrong place for our cruise & thankfully the Call Centre had put on our booking where we were, when we realised we were in the wrong place! Jon come & picked us up, so this meant we could do the cruise! Fantastic customer service & a great tour!! Thank you again!!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Tambonz wrote a review Feb 2021
Waipu, New Zealand825 contributions272 helpful votes
The cost of transport is a bit steep. $79 per person each way. It's a catamaran and is a bit noisy. OK journey.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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