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Stewart Island Ferry Services

Please note: The Stewart Island Ferry will continue to operate as a public transport service under Alert Level 4. 19th - 20th August the morning sailing will operate for essential travel. You will need to call to book a seat and will be required to bring and wear a face mask. 

Experience Foveaux Strait onboard our express catamarans. During the one-hour crossing on the Stewart Island Ferry between Bluff and Oban keep a lookout for wildlife, especially seabirds. Watching mollymawks (albatross) soaring above 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 onboard
  • View timetable
  • One hour journey
  • Luggage limit: two bags per person (one stowed and one small carry-on) - View additional baggage fees
  • Additional baggage is by prior arrangement
  • Parking is available at Bluff Visitor Terminal  - View parking fees
  • Check in 30 mins prior to ferry departure


Stewart Island Ferry -


Departing Bluff/Oban: prices valid for travel from 1 Oct 2020 - 30 Sep 2021.
- Adult: NZ$79 (one-way) 
- Child: NZ$40 (one-way) 

Departing Bluff/Oban: prices valid for travel from 1 Oct 2021 - 30 Sep 2022.
- Adult: NZ$85 (one-way) 
- Child: NZ$45 (one-way) 

Ferry Timetable

Valid 3 May - 30 September 2021

Departs Bluff

9:45am (Daily)

4.30pm (Daily)

Departs Oban

8am (Daily)

3.00pm (Daily)

Valid 1 October 2021 - 30 April 2022

Departs Bluff

9:45am (Daily)

1.30pm (Daily 26 Dec - 28 Feb only)

5.15pm (Daily)

Departs Oban

8am (Daily)

12pm (Daily 26 Dec - 28 Feb only)

3.30pm (Daily)

**Please note: Timetable information is indicative and subject to change.  For the latest information please refer to the website booking calendar for your date of travel.  Passengers who pre-book through our website will be updated of any departure changes.  

Ferry departure locations

- From Bluff: Stewart Island Experience Visitor Terminal
- From Stewart Island: Stewart Island Visitor Terminal.

We also operate coach connections from Invercargill which meet our ferry arrivals/departures. These will be available daily from 1 October 2021 - to book call 0800 656501, or select the "Invercargill to Bluff" or "Bluff to Invercargill" trip on the booking page.

What to bring

Shoes/boots (non-slip), warm clothing/jacket, sunscreen/sunglasses and camera.

Additional baggage

Personal baggage is carried free on the ferries - maximum of two bags per person (one stowed and one small carry-on).
For visitors to Stewart Island wishing to bring additional baggage, the transport of these items is by prior arrangement. This service is not available on all ferry departures, due to the size of the vessel and the limited cargo space available. 

Additional baggage - prices valid until 30 September 2021.

  • Bicycle $10 one way
  • E-bikes $20 one way
  • Kayak $35 one way
  • Dinghy $75 one way
  • Small motorbike $50 one way

Vehicle parking at Bluff

Vehicle parking is available in Bluff, adjacent to the Bluff Visitor Terminal for self-driving visitors taking the ferry to Stewart Island. Parking is available for cars, boat trailers, coaches, campervans, motorcycles and bicycles.  This is an airport-style parking facility, so you collect a ticket on entry and pay when you leave. Vehicle parking cannot be booked in advance.

Prices valid until 30 September 2021.

  • Up to 26 hours $21
  • Up to 50 hours $31
  • Up to 74 hours $41
  • Up to 98 hours $52
  • Up to 122 hours $62
  • Thereafter $10 per 24 hours or part thereof.

Kids Go FREE

We understand that travelling to/from Stewart Island with children can be expensive, which is why we offer ‘Kids Go Free’ specials on our ferry and sometimes our tours or cruises.


We've put together a list of common questions our customers ask about our trips. If you need more specific answers, please contact us directly.

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