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Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience
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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
Perfect crossing twice

I guess we were very lucky with the weather. The only thing I think is stupid is that you have to... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2021
mariannah378
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Katikati, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

I took the ferry from Bluff and an hour trip viewing the many islands in the bay made it a pleasant trip. Staff were good and helpful.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Kevin H
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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 16 January 2018

We travelled to and from Stewart Island by ferry during the New Year period and were fortunate to get smooth crossings both ways. The day we came back was foggy and flights were cancelled (which we were told happens fairly frequently) so we were thankful we'd chosen to travel by ferry. The staff at both ends were efficient and courteous and the ferry ran to time both times. On the way over there was an interesting commentary provided about points of interest in the area. There was a secure car park in Bluff where we could leave our car for a small charge but we opted to leave it in the free car park across the road from the ferry terminal. On board there is a bar selling drinks and snacks - this service is only available when there is a Duty Manager on board (was one coming back but not going over). Complimentary tea and coffee are always available. There is also a toilet on board.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Michelle C
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2018

Kia Ora Michelle and thanks for taking the time to post this review. We're pleased to see you had a smooth crossing on the Foveaux Strait. We thank you for your comments and will be sure to pass your kind words onto the team here.
Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

You could fly, you could swim (probably not), but best is with the Stewart Island Ferry. Most of the staff are helpful and accomodating. The mainland side staff were a bit more grumpy and less forth coming but you get beyond that pretty quick. Very efficient operation.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank AbitCrisp
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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 review. We are very happy to hear you had a good experience and that our team took good care of you. I'm sorry you felt our mainland staff were more grumpy than the on board team, we will look in to seeing what we can do differently to be forthcoming. 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 11 January 2018

It got us from A to B on time, but I wouldn't consider it an attraction in itself. The crossing itself isn't very interesting.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Emily A
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

Very relaxing travel across the strait. Comfortable and well organised. Very efficient service. Was able to park our car in the controlled car park while we were in Stewart Island. No prob's there. Baggage securely deposited into bins covered and fork-lifted onto the deck of the ferry. When we arrived in Oban the bins were uplifted and deposited in a convenient place for the owners to claim their luggage. All done in a very short time. The crossing itself takes about 1 hr and was pleasant. The captains sometimes give a commentary on interesting aspects of the way. Refreshments available on board. Seating very comfortable on both the large and smaller catamarans. The staff were very obliging both at the check-in and on board the ferry. Have travelled via ferry quite a few times now and have not witnessed anything to complain about. All good!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank _eileen_trevor
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

Hi Eileen, thanks for taking the time to provide this review. We are delighted to read such positive comments about your experience with us here.
Kind regards, the Stewart Island Experience team.

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