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“Mother/daughter adventure”

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 3 June 2017 via mobile

From an easy friendly phone call booking the night before to when we returned back to Bluff it was a great experience. Everyone working was engaging & super friendly/helpful. Skipper & crew-who he introduced to us with their names was awesome. Free tea/coffee & they even help you take it back to your seat. Lovely clean boat, the sailing was fab. A wonderful experience, thank you ❤

Thank 623suzp
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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 and thanks for the five star review. We are delighted to see how well our staff looked after you whilst you were travelling. We hope to see you back again in future! Thanks, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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"foveaux strait"
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"rough crossing"
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"tea and coffee"
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"roller coaster"
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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

After 4 days of good weather we were heading back to Invercargill for the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival. It was raining on and off from midday and now the 3pm ferry was away. Staff were organised, well trained and put passengers at ease. The crossing in the catamaran was rocky and some people felt uncomfortable although staff paid good attention with advice and help to these ones. No one was ill and the swells across the Strait were only 2-3m waves when closer to Bluff. The skipper's very confident manner reassured me that this was just an ordinary day and of no concern.

Thank Mikaere
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

This catamaran sure is smooth ~ Even on the return trip when the sea was 'choppy'. The staff are great giving lots of sight seeing info etc

Thank Shelley H
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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 Shelley, thanks for the review. It can get a bit choppy at times however pleased to see that the crew were taking good care of everyone throughout. Kind Regards, the Stewart Island Experience team.

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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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