Take a ferry ride to Stewart Island, the third biggest island in New Zealand and a nature lover's paradise!
Departing multiple times daily from Bluff or Invercargill, you'll cruise across the Foveaux Strait in comfort on this one hour ferry. During the crossing, keep a lookout for wildlife, especially seabirds. Watching mollymawks (albatross) soar behind the ferry is a fantastic sight. Comprehensive commentary provides information on the interesting landmarks commonly seen, including Dog Island Lighthouse, Ruapuke Island, the Titi Islands and Mt Anglem - Stewart Island's highest point.
Stewart Island is off the coast of the southern-most point of New Zealand and the last stop before Antarctica. Visiting Steward Island is a special experience and a glimpse into a simpler, slower lifestyle, in rhythm with the sea and the tides, attuned to the natural world of bush and beach. Roughly 85% of the island's 1570 square kilometres is a national park and it is one of the best places to see the iconic kiwi in its natural habitat.
Come relax in a truly unique part of New Zealand - book your ferry ride to Stewart Island online with us today!
Bluff to Stewart Island:
All year: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
October - April: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm; 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
May - September: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
December - March: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Stewart Island to Bluff:
All year: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
October - April: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm; 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
May - September: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
December - March: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bluff departure address: Bluff Visitor Terminal, 21 Foreshore Road, Bluff
Stewart Island address: Stewart Island Visitor Terminal, Main wharf, Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island
Please check-in at least 30 minutes in advance of your scheduled departure time.
Parking is available in Bluff, adjacent to the Bluff Visitor Terminal. 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.
Invercargill coach transfer information:
Coach departure time: One hour prior to ferry departure time
Pick-up/drop off locations: Invercargill i-SITE Visitor Centre on Gala Street (Museum), Invercargill Airport, selected hotels from Invercargill and Bluff Visitor Terminal
Please wait outside your hotel/pick-up location at least 10 minutes in advance of your scheduled pick-up time.
As this is a shared transfer, there may be unforeseen delays along the pick-up or drop-off route.
Child tickets: Ages 5 – 14
Infants under the age of 5 can take part in this activity for free but must be included when booking.
This activity is wheelchair accessible.
This activity is subject to favourable weather conditions; if cancelled due to poor weather, you will have the option of an alternative date or a full refund.
Please note there is an ATM/money machine in Bluff's "4 Square" shop however it is only possible to withdraw cash with a NZ bank card. The nearest bank is located at Invercargill.
There is a maximum of 2 items of luggage per person.
Small hand luggage may be taken onboard as a carry-on.
Larger items of luggage, including backpacks and suitcases, must be stowed.
Additional luggage items may be brought subject to availability and on the payment of an additional charge. 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.
Sports equipment (such as bicycles, surfboards, golf clubs and canoes) can be brought aboard and on the payment of an additional charge.
What to bring:
Seasickness medication (if required)
Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.