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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience
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US$59.65*
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One-Way Ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island
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Owner description: 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).
Reviewed 30 March 2015

We took a day trip with the Stewart Island Ferry and found them to be very good. Smooth crossing both ways with pleasant and informative crew. Our stewardess on the return trip went to great lengths to try and find a copy of a book we had seen in the museum at Oban. Included in our itinerary was a trip down into Patterson Inlet, with a stop to take in a guided nature walk at Ulva Island. This was a day to remember, and good value for money. Secure and cheap vehicle storage close their premises in Bluff means you don't need to worry about this whilst out on the boat.

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Real_Journeys, Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2015

DaveD1941, Thanks for your feedback and pleased that our staff tried to help out. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team

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"foveaux strait"
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"both ways"
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"rough crossing"
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"return trip"
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"tea and coffee"
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"roller coaster"
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"wild ride"
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"rear deck"
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"sea legs"
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"hour crossing"
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"sea conditions"
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"motion sickness"
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"lucky with the weather"
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Reviewed 29 March 2015

This was a good company and they were all about being on time. I had no complaints at all and would use them again

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Reviewed 25 March 2015 via mobile

Our experience was ok, we found the customer service a bit lacking in areas. There were no announcements made to the waiting customers so we were left in the dark as to why we were late in leaving Bluff. Fortunately our crossing both ways was pretty smooth. However going to Stewart Island we were sitting by the skipper and had to put up with an unhappy staff member complaining to him about a work situation for about half the trip, we weren't very impressed with this being aired publicly.
On the return trip we all checked in - about 60 pax - but there was only seating for 3 people. In the waiting passengers there were older people, there were people who walked with crutches or walking sticks but no where for them to sit. This experience could be made better with a bit more focus on the customer after all we are the ones bringing money to the business.

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Real_Journeys, Public Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2015

Thank you for your review. It is disappointing to read about your experience with us. We pride ourselves on our customer service and sincerely apologise that it was lacking on the day you took the ferry to Stewart Island. We have passed your comments on to the operations manager.
We continually review our service and facility and very much appreciate your feedback.
Kind regards
Real Journeys

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Reviewed 24 March 2015

We were lucky with the weather as the sea was smooth. On a rough day the experience might be different. We took the bus transfer from Queenstown to the ferry and to Te Anau from the ferry. These all worked very well and the connections worked easily. Very has a interesting way of handling baggage which means that it is all taken from and delivered back you with no effort on your part. We had a little bit of guiding on the way over which added to the interest of this little sea cruise. Complimentary tea and coffee.

Thank Vincent W
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Real_Journeys, Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2015

Vincent W, Thanks for posting a review about the Stewart Island Ferry. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team

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Reviewed 19 March 2015

We parked our car at Bluff and took the ferry to the island and vice versa. The ferry is clean and comfortable with toilets (clean) on board. There is a bar with snacks and soft and alcoholic drinks on board at fair prices. The skipper was user friendly and happy to answer any questions. Very punctual and luggage loaded and unloaded very efficiently.

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Real_Journeys, Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2015

Clayelect, Thanks for taking the time to post your feedback. Glad you enjoyed your trip with us. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team

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