Stewart Island Ferry Services - scheduled daily departures between Bluff and Stewart Island


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).  Additional baggage is by prior arrangement
  • Invercargill, Te Anau and Queenstown coach connections - more information below
  • Vehicle parking available at Bluff (extra cost)


Check-in:
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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COACH TRANSFERS

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


Ferry Services between Bluff & Stewart Island

Season: All year, daily departures
Duration: 1 hr (one way)
Prices: 1 Nov 2013 - 31 Oct 2014:
$75 adult / $38 child (one-way),
$150 adult / $76 child (return)
1 Jun 2014 - 30 Sep 2014
Departs Bluff: 4.30pm daily (& 9.30am* Tues, Wed & Sat only)
Departs Stewart Island: 8am daily except Sun (& 3pm* Tues, Wed, Sat & Sun only)
1 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
Departs Bluff: 9.30am & 4.30pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am & 3pm daily
Prices: 1 Nov 2014 - 31 Oct 2015:
$75 adult / $35 child (one-way),
$130 adult / $65 child (return)
1 Nov 2014 - 25 Dec 2014
Departs Bluff: 9.30am, 11am** & 5pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am, 3.30pm & 6pm** daily
26 Dec 2014 - 15 Jan 2015
Departs Bluff: 8am, 9.30am, 11am & 5pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am, 9.30am, 3.30pm & 6pm daily
16 Jan 2015 - 31 Mar 2015
Departs Bluff: 9.30am, 11am & 5pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am, 3.30pm & 6pm daily
1 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015
Departs Bluff: 9.30am, 11am & 5pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am, 3.30pm & 5pm daily
1 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
Departs Bluff: 9.30am & 4.30pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am & 3pm daily
1 Jun 2015 - 30 Sep 2015
Departs Bluff: 4.30pm daily (& 9.30am Tues, Wed & Sat only)
Departs Stewart Island: 8am daily except Sun (& 3pm Tues, Wed, Sat & Sun only)
1 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
Departs Bluff: 9.30am & 4.30pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am & 3pm daily

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Please note:

  • Luggage limit - two bags per person (one stowed and one small carry-on). Extra goods by arrangement
  • Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free of charge
  • *From Jun 2014 to Sep 2014: the 9.30am from Bluff operates Tues, Wed & Sat only & 3pm from Oban operates Tues, Wed, Sat & Sun only
  • **Reduced service on Christmas Day (25 Dec): 11am from Bluff & 6pm from Stewart Island do NOT operate
  • A Government visitor levy of NZ$2.50 per adult per one-way ferry crossing is included in the adult rates

Coach & Ferry Services between Invercargill & Stewart Island

Season: All year, daily departures
Duration: 1 hr (one way)
Prices: 1 Nov 2013 - 31 Oct 2014:
$99 adult / $50 child (one-way),
$198 adult / $100 child (return)
1 Jun 2014 - 30 Sep 2014
Departs Invercargill: 3.30pm daily (& 8.30am* Tues, Wed & Sat only)
Departs Stewart Island: 8am daily except Sun (& 3pm* Tues, Wed, Sat & Sun only)
1 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
Departs Invercargill: 8.30am & 3.30pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am & 3pm daily
Prices: 1 Nov 2014 - 31 Oct 2015:
$99 adult / $50 child (one-way),
$178 adult / $89 child (return)
1 Nov 2014 - 25 Dec 2014
Departs Invercargill: 8.30am, 10am** & 4pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am, 3.30pm & 6pm** daily
26 Dec 2014 - 15 Jan 2015
Departs Invercargill: 7am, 8.30am, 10am & 5pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am, 9.30am, 3.30pm & 6pm daily
16 Jan 2015 - 31 Mar 2015
Departs Invercargill: 8.30am, 10am & 4pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am, 3.30pm & 6pm daily
1 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015
Departs Invercargill: 8.30am, 10am & 4pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am, 3.30pm & 5pm daily
1 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
Departs Invercargill: 8.30am & 3.30pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am & 3pm daily
1 Jun 2015 - 30 Sep 2015
Departs Invercargill: 3.30pm daily (& 8.30am Tues, Wed & Sat only)
Departs Stewart Island: 8am daily except Sun (& 3pm Tues, Wed, Sat & Sun only)
1 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
Departs Invercargill: 8.30am & 3.30pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am & 3pm daily

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Please note:

  • Luggage limit - two bags per person (one stowed and one small carry-on). Extra goods by arrangement
  • Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free of charge
  • *From Jun 2014 to Sep 2014: the 8.30am from Invercargill operates Tues, Wed & Sat only & 3pm from Oban operates Tues, Wed, Sat & Sun only
  • ** Reduced service on Christmas Day (25 Dec): 10am from Invercargill and 6pm from Stewart Island do NOT operate
  • A Government visitor levy of NZ$2.50 per adult per one-way ferry crossing is included in the adult rates

Coach & Ferry Services between Te Anau & Stewart Island

Season: Nov - Apr, daily departures
Duration: 5 - 6 hrs
1 Nov 2014* - 30 Apr 2015
Departs Te Anau: 7am
Departs Stewart Island: 8am
Prices from: $148 adult / $74 child (one way)
$276 adult / $173 child (return)

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Please note:

  • Luggage limit - two bags per person (one stowed and one small carry-on). Extra goods by arrangement
  • Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free of charge
  • * No departure on Christmas Day (25 Dec)
  • A Government visitor levy of NZ$2.50 per adult per one-way ferry crossing is included in the adult rates

Coach & Ferry Services between Queenstown & Stewart Island

Season: Nov - Apr, daily departures
Duration: 5 - 6 hrs
1 Nov 2014 * - 30 Apr 2015
Departs Queenstown: 6.40am
Departs Stewart Island: 8am
Prices from: $148 adult / $74 child (one way)
$276 adult / $173 child (return)

Find Availability and Prices

Calendar

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Please note:

  • Luggage limit - two bags per person (one stowed and one small carry-on). Extra goods by arrangement
  • Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free of charge
  • * No departure on Christmas Day (25 Dec)
  • A Government visitor levy of NZ$2.50 per adult per one-way ferry crossing is included in the adult rates





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: info@sie.co.nz

Stewart Island Experience also offers Paterson Inlet Cruises, Village and Bays Tours and Rental Services.

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.



 
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