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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
Certificate of Excellence
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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 31 January 2018

Enjoyed the trip there and back. Staff were friendly and helpful, great team. Captain was impressive upon return when crossing the bar. In very good hands :)

Thank kwitehira
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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 recommendation. 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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"foveaux strait"
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"both ways"
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"rough crossing"
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"return trip"
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"tea and coffee"
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"roller coaster"
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"wild ride"
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"rear deck"
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"sea legs"
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"hour crossing"
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"sea conditions"
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"motion sickness"
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"lucky with the weather"
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

The vessels are modern, comfortable and fast. The booking system practical and convenient, with affordable long term parking available on the mainland.

Thank trav078
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

Great ride across Fouveaux Strait with very competent skippers both ways. Good seating and views. We had good weather but this crossing can be rough so if you don't have good sea legs be prepared!

Thank Pearson7
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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 and thanks for taking the time to post this review. It can definitely be a bit bumpy at times however pleased to see it was smooth sailing for you on this occasion. Hopefully we will get to see you again in the future!
Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

We were possibly very lucky with our journey as it was really smooth. Best part for me was. 1. Free tea or coffee. 2. Seeing albatross flying alongside the boat. Awesome. Staff were really good helping people who were asking questions about the island etc.

Thank BarryD974
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Kia Ora Barry, 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 23 January 2018 via mobile

Not sure what to expect but booked a return trip on the ferry so my wife and I could experience Stewart Island. We started off in Invercargill and used the shuttle service provided ($20 each) from our hotel to the ferry terminal. Check in was quick and are bags loaded into the bins. The ferry is a good size and after an interesting safety talk we were off. The sea was not too rough but we did experience a king tide as we crossed the bar and this provided the most interesting part of the journey as we surfed through the waves and the waves crashed over the front of the boat. After that it was like a harbour cruise with little to comment on. If you do get seasick, don't sit at the front of the boat, stay near the rear. The trip was an hour long and after docking our bags were available after 10 minutes. The return trip 5 days later was even smoother and a pleasant trip from a wonderful time on the island. The shuttle service then returned us to Invercargill airport.

Thank MikeW5601
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Ferry - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2018

Hi Mike, thanks for taking the time to post this review. We are pleased to see your Foveaux Strait crossing was without issue. Hopefully we will see your and your wife again in the future.
Kind regards, the Stewart Island Experience team.

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