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Did you know.....The original Maori name of Stewart Island is Te Punga o Te Waka a Maui.

Translated as "The Anchor Stone of Maui’s Canoe", it refers to the part played by the island in the legend of Maui and his crew, who from their canoe, the South Island, caught and raised the great fish, the North Island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stewart Island Ferry Terminal

Stewart Island Ferry & Coach Transfers

Stewart Island

Stewart Island is perfect for a day excursion or an extended stay.

Travel from Bluff to Stewart Island on board our modern express catamarans. During the one-hour crossing of Foveaux Strait, keep a look out for wildlife, especially sea birds. Our friendly staff provide an informative commentary and point out highlights.

 

Ferry to/from Stewart Island: Duration 1 hour
Complimentary tea and coffee available on board ferry
Wheelchair accessible (ferry only)
Suitable for all ages
Vehicle parking available at Bluff (extra cost)
Luggage limit - two carry-on bags per person (extra goods by arrangement)

 

 "20% Multi Saver" on Ferry Services (excluding coach connections and one-way ferries)!

Buy 2 or more different excursions and SAVE 20% off all lower priced!

 Kids Go FREE on selected departures during NZ School Holidays!

Specials will automatically be applied to your booking - details of the savings are shown on your booking summary prior to final payment.
 

Coach Transfers

To ensure excellent connections with our Stewart Island Ferry Services, we offer coach transfers between Queenstown, Te Anau or Invercargill to Bluff.

Coach Transfers from Invercargill to/from Bluff

For passengers travelling to Stewart Island on board the ferry, we offer a coach transfer service between Invercargill and Bluff Wharf Visitor Terminal (extra cost). The connecting coach from Invercargill to Bluff departs one hour prior to each of the ferry departures. The coach transfer from Bluff to Invercargill will return passengers to Invercargill arriving approximately one hour after the ferry arrives in Bluff.

 Invercargill pick up/drop locations:
      - Invercargill i-Site Visitor Centre on Gala Street (Museum)
      - Tuatara Backpackers Lodge
      - Victoria Railway Hotel
      - Invercargill Airport

Coach Transfers from Queenstown and Te Anau to/from Bluff

For visitors wishing to travel between Queenstown, Te Anau and Bluff, Real Journeys, in association with Tracknet, offers a daily coach transfer service, departing from Real Journeys Visitor Centres (extra cost).  The coach connects with the 11am ferry departure from Bluff. The return coach transfer from Bluff delivers visitors back to the Real Journeys Visitor Centres in Queenstown or Te Anau.

 Reservations are required
 Luggage limit – two carry-on bags per person (extra goods by arrangement)
 This coach transfer only operates during NZ summer months
   (from late October to late April)
 Pick up from Real Journeys Visitor Centres in Queenstown & Te Anau


Ferry Services between Bluff & Stewart Island

Season: All year, daily departures
Duration: 1 hr (one way)
Prices: 1 Nov 2014 - 31 Oct 2015:
$75 adult / $35 child (one-way),
$130 adult / $65 child (return)
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 (& amp; 9.30am Tues, Wed & Sat only)
Departs Stewart Island: 8am daily except Sun (& amp; 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 2016 to Sep 2016: the 9.30am from Bluff operates Tues, Wed & Sat only & 3pm from Oban operates Tues, Wed & Sat 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 2014 - 31 Oct 2015:
$99 adult / $50 child (one-way),
$178 adult / $89 child (return)
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 (& amp; 8.30am Tues, Wed & Sat only)
Departs Stewart Island: 8am daily except Sun (& amp; 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 2015: 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)

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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




Note: Coach & Ferry durations include ferry check in/disembarking

Vehicle parking is available at the Bluff Wharf Visitor Terminal (extra cost)  - info@sie.co.nz

Ask us about our charter options for fishing, hunting or cruising trips - info@sie.co.nz 

Real Journeys also offers Paterson Inlet CruisesVillage & Bays Tours and Rental Services 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.

Real Journeys
Tel +64 3 249 7416
Freephone 0800 65 65 01 (within NZ)
Email contact@realjourneys.co.nz
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