Stewart Island | Ferry Services

From NZ$135 per adult

Stewart Island Ferry Services

Stewart Island is New Zealand’s ultimate eco-tourism destination. Its densely forested hills, and untouched coastline of rocky outcrops and creamy golden sand beaches make it a haven for native marine and bird life. Vivid dawn and twilight hues give rise to the island’s Maori name, ‘Rakiura’ land of the glowing skies.

Transport/Activity Options

Stewart Island Ferry & Coach Transfers

  • Stewart Island is perfect for a day excursion or an extended stay
  • Experience Foveaux Strait in comfort and style on board an express catamaran
  • During the one-hour crossing between Bluff and Stewart Island keep a look out for wildlife, including seals, dolphins and sea birds
  • The friendly staff provide informative commentaries and point out highlights
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available on board ferry

Coach Transfers

  • To ensure excellent connections with the Stewart Island Ferry Services, coach transfers are offered between Queenstown, Te Anau or Invercargill to Bluff

Departures

Ferry Services Between Bluff & Stewart Island

Departs Bluff:

  • All Year: 9.30 am
  • October – May & September: 4.30 pm
  • October – April: 11.00 am
  • June – August: 4.30 pm
  • 26 December – January: 8.00 am

Departs Stewart Island:

  • All Year: 8.00 am
  • October – May & September: 3.00 pm
  • October – March: 6.30 pm
  • April: 5.00 pm
  • June – August: 3.00 pm
  • 26 December – January: 9.30 am

Coach & Ferry Service between Invercargill & Stewart Island

Departs Invercargill:

  • All Year: Pick-up 1 hour prior to ferry departure

Departs Bluff:

  • All Year: Drop-off 1 hour after ferry arrival
  • Coach & Ferry Service between Te Anau & Stewart Island

Departs Te Anau:

  • 1 November – 30 April: 7.00 am
  • Departs Stewart Island:
  • 1 November – 30 April: 8.00 am

Coach & Ferry Service between Queenstown & Stewart Island

Departs Queenstown:

  • 1 November – 30 April: 6.40 am
  • Departs Stewart Island:
  • 1 November – 30 April: 8.00 am

Duration

  • Ferry to/from Stewart Island: 1 hour
  • Coach & Ferry Service between Invercargill & Stewart Island: 2 hours
  • Coach & Ferry Service between Te Anau & Stewart Island: 5-6 hours
  • Coach & Ferry Service between Queenstown & Stewart Island: 5-6 hours

Other Information

  • Wheelchair accessible (ferry only)
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Vehicle parking available at Bluff (extra cost)
  • Luggage limit – two carry bags per person (extra goods by arrangement)
  • Reservations are required
  • Ferry check in 30 minutes prior to departures

Location

Stewart Island Ferry: Bluff Wharf Visitor Terminal & Oban Wharf Visitor Terminal, Stewart Is.

Invercargill – Bluff Coach transfers – pick up/drop off from: Invercargill i-Site Visitor Centre on Gala Street (Museum), Tuatara Lodge & ‘Readings’ Cinema on Dee Street.

Te Anau and Queenstown Coach transfers depart from Te Anau and Queenstown Real Journeys Visitor Centres.