Stewart Island Ferry Services
Experience Foveaux Strait in comfort and style on board our express catamarans. 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.
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.
- Complimentary tea and coffee on board
- Interpretation handouts are available (English only)
- Wheelchair access available
- Personal baggage is carried free on the ferries - max. two bags per person (one stowed and one small carry-on). is by prior arrangement
- Invercargill, Te Anau and Queenstown coach connections - more information below
- Vehicle parking available at Bluff
See our Stewart Island Ferry reviews on TripAdvisor.
Visitors are required to check-in 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Check-in and boarding gates are closed 10 minutes prior to ferry departure.
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Kids Go FREE on selected departures during NZ School Holidays!
Kids Go FREE for travel 3 - 19 April & 4 - 19 July 2015.
To ensure excellent connections with our Stewart Island Ferry Services, we operate coach connections from Queenstown, Te Anau and Invercargill to Bluff.
Invercargill - Bluff Coach Transfers
Invercargill - Bluff coach transfers connect with each ferry departure and arrival (must be pre-booked). The coach from Invercargill departs one hour before the ferry leaves from Bluff. The coach transfer from Bluff to Invercargill returns passengers to Invercargill, one hour after the ferry berths. Invercargill pick-up / drop off location is:
- Invercargill i-SITE Visitor Centre on Gala Street (Museum)
- Tuatara Backpackers Lodge
- Victoria Railway Hotel
- Invercargill Airport
Queenstown & Te Anau – Bluff Coach Transfers
Stewart Island Experience utilises the services of Tracknet to provide a connecting coach transfer service from Queenstown and Te Anau to Bluff, departing daily (late October to late April). Queenstown & Te Anau pick-up / drop off locations are:
- Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown
- Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Lakefront, Te Anau
Stewart Island Coach Transfers
At Stewart Island, our mini-bus transfers provide convenient connections between the ferry terminal and accommodation on Stewart Island (must be pre-booked). To enquire about this service, please contact our reservations team: email@example.com
Stewart Island Experience also offers Paterson Inlet Cruises, Village and Bays Tours and Rental Services. Apologies, but we no longer operate our Marine Nature Cruises trip with the semi-submersible.
Accommodation on Stewart Island
There is a range of accommodation options on Steward Island to suit all tastes and budgets - from backpackers, self-contained units, motels and bed & breakfasts like Stewart Island Lodge.