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“Smooth crossing”

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 18 December 2016

Very helpful staff. Open to all the questions asked about the crossing. Gave us a good tip for dinner on the island. Thank you.

Thank AnitaCampari
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"rough crossing"
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"tea and coffee"
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"motion sickness"
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"lucky with the weather"
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Reviewed 17 December 2016

The crossing is short but potentially exposed to considerable wind and swell. The catamaran is handily stable no matter the weather.

Thank Fred B
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

Pleasant trip with a drink and enjoy the views especially as you get closer to the island. Polite and knowledgeable crew. To get sea sick on this I think it would have to be very rough

Thank Chris P
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Reviewed 10 December 2016

The way to go to Stewart island is in the open ocean and the waves make the boat bumpy which can be tough for people who are not use to it, but for me it was a great ride on the waves with the jumps.
Get prepared if you are not able to handle a hard sea.

Thank LevyShahar
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Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

We experienced a pleasant trip to Oban, Stewart Island in calm conditions but then dealt with a fierce storm for our return to Bluff.
Our first attempt to cross was aborted due to big seas and high winds ... very professional consideration given.
Our second attempt was successful ... although very rough! The company were well prepared with extra staff to deal with unwell passengers.

Thank JeffW835
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