Stewart Island: Ferry Service Between Bluff & Stewart Island

4.7 / 5

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Stewart Island: Ferry Service Between Bluff & Stewart Island

From US$ 57.18 per person

Zip across Foveaux Strait between Bluff and Stewart Island, considered as one of New Zealand's ultimate eco tourism destinations, on board a comfortable catamaran. Friendly staff will provide informative commentary and point out scenic highlights.

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Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Duration 1 hour
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  • Take a comfortable and scenic one-hour ferry any time of the year
  • Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • Look out for wildlife, particularly sea birds, such as Mollymawks and Titis, which often follow the vessel
  • Listen to comprehensive commentaries that provide information on interesting landmarks commonly seen
  • See Dog Island Lighthouse, Ruapuke Island, the Titi Islands and Mount Anglem - Stewart Island’s highest point
Full description
Cross the Foveaux Strait, a seaway that separates Stewart Island from the South Island, on board an express catamaran. The one-hour ferry ride provides all-year daily scheduled service. During the crossing on the Stewart Island Ferry between the towns of Bluff (on the mainland) and Oban (on Stewart Island), keep a lookout for local wildlife like seabirds. Watch mollymawks (a type of albatross) soar above the ferry.  Listen to comprehensive commentaries that provide information on the interesting landmarks commonly seen, including Dog Island Lighthouse, Ruapuke Island, the Titi Islands (also known as the Muttonbird Islands) and Mount Anglem - Stewart Island’s highest point.
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • Two carry-on bags per person
  • Wheelchair access
  • Commentary
  • Fees for additional baggage (by prior arrangement)
  • Parking fees (parking available at Bluff Visitor Terminal)
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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  • You can bring a maximum of two bags per person (one stowed and one small carry-on) for free on the ferry
  • If you have additional baggage, please make arrangements with the company in advance. This service is not available on all ferry departures, due to the size of the vessel and the limited cargo space available
  • Vehicle parking at Bluff Visitor Terminal is available for an extra charge
  • Parking is available for cars, boat trailers, coaches, camper vans, motorcycles and bicycles
  • This is an airport-style parking facility, so you collect a ticket on entry and pay when you leave
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6 / 5
  • Transportation
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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We arrived early for our 0945 trip but were unable to get any information as to the weather conditions in the Strait. As one of us does not travel well we were prepared to cancel in the event of gale weather. Trip was rough bot boat handled the weather well. I believe the wind was about 35k. On arrival back in Bluff after a perfect trip, I was surprised to be charged $20 for our first nights parking and $10 for the second day. As the parking lot is absolutely insecure and away from any oversight we might as well have parked on the street. We noticed a lot of locals parking on the vacant lot opposite the terminal.

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6 February 2021

Covid 19 Level one. Everyone using public transport must wear face coverings. Leaving from Bluff everyone was asked if they had a mask, and before getting on the boat, everyone was wearing their masks (great stuff). Leaving Stewart Island, no one asked, about 12 people got on the boat with NO masks. They were offered them before we left. ( a bit late) During the crossing about 8 people were wearing their under their nose or below their mouth. Even 3 staff were not wearing them correctly. Everyone needs to do their part. In saying this I hate wearing. But I will do my bit to help out other Kiwis

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25 February 2021

Have always heard how rough the Straits are but ours was good

25 February 2021

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