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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience
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US$103.86*
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Return Ferry to Stewart Island from Bluff
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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 19 May 2017 via mobile

Excellent service from the Stewart Island ferry to company. We broke down en route to the ferry, and they were amazingly helpful on the phone reassuring us that provided we arrived before the ferry left we would get on it.
Lovely staff, spacious well maintained ferry. Thanks so much for a lovely experience

Thank Rachel N
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Reviewed 19 May 2017

If you aren't good at traveling by sea, then I suggest you fly. However, if you want to get a feel of what it's like to live on Stewart Island , then the ferry is the best introduction. The ferry is rarely cancelled, but if it is then its for a very good reason; the Forveaux Sound is one of the roughest stretches of water in the world.

Thank John S
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Kia Ora John, conditions on the Foveaux Strait can be quite different from day to day and we're pleased you made the trip even on one of the rougher days! Hopefully you had a fantastic time at Stewart Island when you were here.
Kind Regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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Reviewed 27 April 2017

The catamaran was clean, modern and provided a mixture of mostly individual seating with a few tabled booths (snacks can be purchased with free complimentary tea or coffee available from small bar) as well as outdoor seating- first on best seated! Baggage gets stowed in large containers that are then covered before getting (via forklift) winched on to the rear of the boat where they are tied; small packs and bags allowed with you (1 per person). Timely and efficient on both trips (approx 1 hour each way), the crew of three including the pilot were happy to answer any questions we had about the ferry itself, islands, weather etc. Both terminals have seated lounge area with toilets and tourism pamphlets/DoC info available to peruse while you're waiting to board (check-in 30 minutes before departure) though a cafe serving snacks and hot drinks (we were hanging out for a coffee after a long early morning drive to get to ferry) might have been nice (note, there is a cafe within walking distance close to both terminals, or come prepared and buy before you drive to the wharf at Invercargill). School holiday periods usually have a special deal where a child travels free with a paying adult, which was great for our group. At $135/adult return trip we thought this was pretty good value and it was a unique way of seeing the mainland as well as other islands including Stewart Island from a different vantage point... and it sure beats swimming!! Easy to get on and off (we saw another ferry winch a wheelchair on board). One trip a bit rodeo (think bronco billy in a smooth but predictably rolling way) and the other was almost eerily smooth like oil! Felt safe though!

Thank CanterburyMalo
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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Not for the weak stomachs! Our crossing was on a relatively calm day but the fast cat still rocked and rolled. Expertly navigated by the captain. A more difficult day would be interesting.

Thank Brad A
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Kia Ora Brad thanks for the review. Our skippers all have huge experience navigating the strait, we're delighted you agree. Hope you had a fantastic time over here on Stewart Island. Regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Probably everyone says something like this! I think we were lucky that the sea was relatively calm. It felt like being at an adventure park on one of the water attractions. There boat was certainly moving around quite a bit.
However the seats are comfy enough and the space you sit it in quite small so I felt safe and secure. The boat itself feels sturdy and is very clean. We arrived safely. A couple of people were sick. I had taken a tablet and plan to do that for my trip home again.

Thank TirelessWorker
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