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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience
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Smooth crossing

Day return trip, smooth crossing in both directions. Young and Informative staff who were helpful... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
gtlegacy2015
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Rough weather, but safe & seamless transfer

We used the Stewart Island ferry on our way from Oban back to Bluff and onward to Invercargill by... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2021
greg_wanders
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

Fantastic service. The staff were really friendly and the bus connections were very smooth. We were collected directly from invercargil airport on arrival and dropped to our hostel in Queenstown at the end. Very easy . I would highly recommend.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank JEHudson123
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your 5 star review. We are very happy to hear you had a lovely experience and that our team took good care of you. We look forward to welcoming you back on board for another trip to Stewart Island.
Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience

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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

A great fast efficient service . Well organised and would highly recommend . Luggage is put in a numbered bin . Note your number for quicker departure

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Lou M
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your 5 star review. We are very happy to hear you had a lovely experience and thanks for sharing your luggage tip. We look forward to welcoming you back on board for another trip to Stewart Island.
Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience

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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

The crew from check in to on board were all really friendly and helpful. The ferry was comfortable and had everything you need for the 1 hour crossing. Complimentary tea and coffee as well if you are so inclined.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Both our journeys to and from stewart island is on time. We had excellent conditions, calm waters way out to stewart island but the journey back was quite rough. It was still quite good to experience the choppy water.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank ynjl
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Thanks for taking the time to post your review. Yes, it can be a little choppy at times, but we are glad you had a good experience. We look forward to welcoming you back on board for another trip to Stewart Island.
Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Overall, the trip over and back were great and it was only shortly after departure from Bluff that the ocean got a bit wavy and the boat was rocking enough to make your stomach feel uneasy. However, shortly afterwards, things leveled out and I felt good enough to go outside onto the back of the boat and enjoy the outside air.
Before you knew it, you could see the northeastern coasts of Rakiura and by the 1 hour mark, we were already pulling into the harbor at the island.

Going back to Bluff, it was way smoother and the weather also way more clear than going out, and the scenes along the coastline and other islands were beautiful against the blue skies.

If you're planning on visiting Stewart Island, I think the ferry is probably the best way to go and surely very popular as there were always a bunch of people getting on and off of both locations during my 2 trips.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Jeff206
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