Stewart Island Experience Ferry

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

Prices valid from 1 October 2023


from $110 (One-way NZD)


from $55 (One-way NZD)

Bluff to Stewart Island Ferry (Daily)

Departure Location: 21 Foreshore Road, Bluff

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Operating Season

9.45am 10.45am All year round
1.45pm 2.45pm 01 Dec 2023 - 02 Apr 2024
4.30pm 5.30pm 01 May 2024 - 30 Sep 2024
5.15pm 6.15pm 01 Oct 2023 - 30 Apr 2024





Stewart Island to Bluff Ferry (Daily)

Departure Location: Stewart Island Visitor Terminal

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Operating Season

8.00am 9.00am All year round
12.15pm 1.15pm 01 Dec 2023 - 02 Apr 2024
3.00pm 4.00pm 01 May 2024 - 30 Sep 2024
3.30pm 4.30pm 01 Oct 2023 - 30 Apr 2024





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

Child age 5-15 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.

Timetable information is subject to change. For the latest information please refer to the website booking calendar for your date of travel.

Coach Transfers

To/From Bluff/Invercargill (operated by RealNZ).

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 1hr 30 mins before ferry departure From $32 (one-way) From $16 (one-way)
Bluff to Invercargill    
Drop off 1 hour after ferry arrival From $32 (one-way) From $16 (one-way)

Terms & Conditions:

RealNZ reserve 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 2024.


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