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 2019



NZ$89 (one-way)

NZ$159 (return)



NZ$45 (one-way)

NZ$80 (return)

1 May 2020 - 30 September 2020
Departs Bluff: 9.45am & 4.30pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8am & 3pm daily

1 October 2020 - 25 December 2020
Departs Bluff: 9.45am & 5.15pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8.00am & 3.30pm daily
26 December 2020 - 28 February 2021
Departs Bluff: 9.45am, 1.30pm & 5.15pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8.00am, 12.00pm & 3.30pm daily
1 March 2021 - 30 September 2021
Departs Bluff: 9.45am & 5.15pm daily
Departs Stewart Island: 8.00am & 3.30pm daily

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 dates and departures please refer to our website.

20% Multi Saver

Buy two or more different Stewart Island Experience trips at the same time and SAVE 20% off all your lower priced experiences. 

For more information refer to our website.

Family Packages

Family packages apply to all return ferry departures. 

For more information refer to our website.

Coach Transfers

To/From Bluff/Invercargill (operated by Stewart Island Experience). Operates all year.

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.

  NZ$ Adult NZ$ Child
Invercargill to Bluff    
Pick up 1 hour before ferry departure $28 (one-way) $14 (one-way)
Bluff to Invercargill    
Drop off 1 hour after ferry arrival $28 (one-way) $14 (one-way)
Invercargill - Stewart Island - Invercargill    
Coach, Ferry, Coach $215 (return) $108 (return)



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 are valid to 30 September 2020.


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