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“The trip over is a highlight”

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 21 December 2016

On the way over we went on a smaller boat which was great fun. It was a little choppy but there were lots of birds to see. On the return journey we were on a bigger boat the sea was calmer but it didn't seem to ride the waves as well as the smaller one. A place you would probably only visit once in your life so worth doing everything.

Thank RATZnz
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Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

I know you can't control the wind and this journey we were told was pretty usual. I think if we knew we would have flown.
The island is worth visiting, but check the weather before you travel. Mid summer day, 5 degrees centigrade and very very windy, lots of people being sick. Impressed by the staff who dealt with everyone very professionally.

Thank michele P
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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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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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