Stewart Island Experience Ferry

During the one-hour crossing of the Foveaux Strait on board our express catamarans, keep a lookout for wildlife including seals, dolphins and seabirds.

Departing Bluff/Oban: prices valid for travel from 1 October 2017
Adult:  NZ$79 (one-way)  NZ$139 (return)
Child:  NZ$40 (one-way)  NZ$70 (return)

1 October 2017 - 26 December 2017
Departs Bluff: 9.45am, 11am* & 5.15pm daily (plus 8am 26 Dec only)
Departs Stewart Island: 8am, 3.30pm & 5pm* daily (plus 9.30am 26 Dec only)
27 December 2017 - 7 January 2018
Departs Bluff: 8am, 9.45am, 11am, 1.30pm & 5.15pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am, 9.30am, 3.30pm & 5pm daily
8 January 2018 - 28 February 2018
Departs Bluff: 9.45am, 11am, 1.30pm & 5.15pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am, 12 noon, 3.30pm & 5pm daily
1 March 2018 - 30 April 2018
Departs Bluff: 9.45am, 11am & 5.15pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am, 3.30pm & 5pm daily
1 May - 30 September 2018
Departs Bluff: 9.45am & 4.30pm daily 
Departs Stewart Island: 8am & 3pm daily
*except 25 December

Luggage restricted to 2 carry-on bags per person (one small carry-on and one stowed - extra goods by arrangement).  

Child age 5-14 years; 4 years and under free.  

Check in 30 minutes prior to ferry departures, bookings essential.  

Vehicle parking is available adjacent to Bluff Visitor Terminal.

Kids Go FREE

During the New Zealand School Holidays school-aged children (0-18 years) travel free on selected Stewart Island Ferry departures when accompanied by a full fare-paying adult.  For more information refer to our website

Coach Transfers

To/From Bluff/Invercargill (operated by Stewart Island Experience)

Coach transfers available from Invercargill to connect to the Stewart Island Ferry.  Pick-ups and drop-offs at Invercargill i-SITE Visitor Centre, Tuatara Backpackers, Victoria Railway Hotel, Invercargill Airport.  Coach transfers operate all year.

  NZ$ Adult NZ$ Child
Invercargill to Bluff    
Pick up 1 hour before ferry departure $25.00 (one-way) $13.00 (one-way)
Bluff to Invercargill    
Drop off 1 hour after ferry arrival $25.00 (one-way) $13.00 (one-way)
Invercargill - Stewart Island - Invercargill    
Coach, Ferry, Coach $189 (return) $96 (return)

To/From Queenstown (operated by Stewart Island Experience)

Coach transfers from Queenstown to Bluff connect to the Stewart Island Experience Ferry (Bluff/Oban).  Operating season: Nov-Apr.  Pick-ups from most accommodation in Queenstown or Real Journeys Visitor Centre.

  NZ$ Adult NZ$ Child
Queenstown to Oban (coach & ferry)    
Departs: 7.30am, arrives 12 noon    
  $154 (one way)  ::  $289 (return) $96 (one way)  ::  $182 (return)
Oban to Queenstown (ferry & coach)    
Departs: 3.30pm, arrives 8pm    

To/From Te Anau (operated by Tracknet)

Coach transfers available from Te Anau which connect to the Stewart Island Ferry.  Operating season: Nov-Apr.  Pick-ups/drop offs from Real Journeys Visitor Centre Te Anau.

  NZ$ Adult NZ$ Child
Te Anau to Oban (coach & ferry)    
Departs: 7.05am, arrives 12 noon    
  $154 (one way)  ::  $289 (return) $96 (one way)  ::  $182 (return)
Oban to Te Anau (ferry & coach)    
Departs: 8am, arrives 1.20pm    

Stewart Island Experience reserves the right to amend timetables, cancel departures, substitute plant and alter ticket prices at any time.  A Government visitor levy of $2.50 per adult per one-way ferry crossing is included in the adult rates.  Prices valid to 30 September 2018.



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Stewart Island Experience Ferry
Stewart Island Experience Ferry
Bluff Visitor Terminal
+64 (0)3 212 8377
Foreshore Road