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RealNZ - Stewart Island Return Ferry Service

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During the one-hour crossing between Bluff and Stewart Island keep a lookout for wildlife, especially seabirds. Watching mollymawks (albatross) soaring behind the ferry is a fantastic sight.

During the one-hour crossing between Bluff and Stewart Island keep a lookout for wildlife, especially seabirds. Watching mollymawks (albatross) soaring behind the ferry is a fantastic sight.

Highlights

  • Bluff to Stewart Island Return ferry booking
  • Daily Departures - morning and afternoon
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Purpose-built Catamarans
  • 1 hour duration for each crossing

Experience Foveaux Strait onboard our express catamarans where the scenic journey between Bluff and Stewart Island takes one hour.

Comprehensive commentaries provide information on the interesting landmarks commonly seen, including Dog Island Lighthouse, Ruapuke Island, the Titi Islands and Mt Anglem - Stewart Island’s highest point.

Personal baggage is carried free on the ferries - max. 2 bags per person (1 stowed and 1 small carry-on). Additional baggage is by prior arrangement

Vehicle parking available at Bluff (extra cost)


Adult $110.00 (Price Each Way)
Child $55.00 (Price Each Way. 5 - 15 years eligible for Child rate)

Duration

  • Allow 1 hour each way (2 hours in total return)

Location

  • 21 Foreshore Road
  • Bluff 9814
  • New Zealand

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

Notes

  • Please check in 30 minutes prior to departure. 1 hour duration for each crossing.

  • Personal baggage is carried free on the ferries - max. 2 bags per person (1 stowed and 1 small carry-on). Additional baggage is by prior arrangement.

Pick Your Dates & Times

Bluff to Stewart IslandAvailable Bookings from 20 Jun to 3 Jul 2024

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Stewart Island to BluffAvailable Bookings from 20 Jun to 3 Jul 2024

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

4.5

11 reviews

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tony gray from New Zealand wrote on 26 May 2023

Stewart Island

Top trip.

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Ilze Shore from New Zealand wrote on 23 October 2023

Sweet as

Definitely a must do trip only an hour and so relaxing, on the trip to Stewart Island the seas were a little rough, but the crew was onto it and made sure we were all comfortable. Enjoyed the experience.

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graemem9 from New Zealand wrote on 05 May 2023

Stewart Island Ferry

Very efficient, helpful and friendly staff.

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alan langford from New Zealand wrote on 31 March 2023

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Wicked stay surperb place to stay

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billw4 from Australia wrote on 08 January 2024

You can book directly from realnz

We arrived at Bluff Terminal at 8:30am, anticipating a 9:00 departure as scheduled. However, at 9:20, new customers were still arriving, and the boat eventually set sail at 9:40am. The following day, upon our return to Bluff, the boat left Stewart Island at 8 am, reaching Bluff by 9 am. This experience highlighted that an immediate departure at 9 am is unfeasible due to the additional time required for unloading and loading luggage, refueling, and cleaning, etc. This raises the question of why we were asked to arrive so early, resulting in unnecessary time wastage.

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