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COVID-19 Update

We will be open and operating under Alert Level 2 following strict Covid-safe guidelines. 

Guests are required to bring and wear a face covering and scan into all experiences. 

The following RealNZ experiences will be operating with reduced capacity: 

If your travel plans have been impacted and you need to make any changes to your booking please contact our team via email: [email protected]

We will be responding to guests as quickly as possible, but we appreciate your patience as the team makes the move to remote working.

Our highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of our customers, staff, suppliers and community. We are closely monitoring the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation and continue to be guided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. We are following strict hygiene and physical distancing protocols across all our experiences. 

Guests will be required to bring and wear a face mask when travelling on the Stewart Island Experience Ferry. 

If you have any questions about please email us on: [email protected]

COVID-19 Term, Conditions and Cancellation Policy

For the majority of our experiences we have a flexible 24 hour cancellation policy, allowing guests to cancel or reschedule free of charge up to 24 hours out from travel (for accommodation and Overnight Cruises this is 14 days). We ask guests to respect this policy but have put some exceptions in place in response to COVID-19.

If you cannot travel because you are directly impacted by Covid-19 you will be offered the option to reschedule your experience, receive a Gift Card to the value of your trip, or a refund. For example, your region enters a lockdown, you have been identified as a close contact of a known COVID-19 case or are awaiting Covid-19 test results.

We are following all government guidelines, which could include reducing capacity numbers or stopping operating at short notice, based on changes to the alert levels at a national or regional level. In the event we are not able to cater for your booking you will be contacted and we will organise for your booking to be rescheduled or refunded.

Our response to COVID-19

We have intensified daily disinfecting of high-touch points such as handrails, door handles, point-of-sale equipment and countertops. Our routine cleaning and sanitising are completed utilising New Zealand company ‘Hygiene Systems’ and ‘Ecolab’ – a global leader in promoting hygienic environments. We also receive ongoing advice from Ecolab on infection prevention for COVID-19 as it develops.

  • We have reduced capacity on the TSS Earnslaw to ensure plenty of space of guests to physical distance. We have also implemented extensive cleaning procedures based on the Ministry of Health's recommendations. 
  • We have reduced capacity on our Milford and Doubtful Sound coaches in line with the Ministry of Health’s recommendations for physical and social distancing. They are thoroughly sanitised daily with additional cleaning of air conditioning filters. Additional deep cleans are conducted as required. People are being requested not to board if unwell. Masks are available if needed for anyone unwell during the journey.
  • Our day and overnight cruises already have strict hygiene requirements. Vessels are routinely cleaned and sanitised between every cruise utilising New Zealand company ‘Hygiene Systems’ and ‘Ecolab’. Our staff have been trained in using specific products to clean and disinfect.
  • We have intensified daily disinfecting for all high-touch points on our Stewart Island Experience ferries, such as handrails, handles around seating and on doors, seat tops, poles and all hard surfaces including outside seats.  Bathrooms are sanitised at the end of every crossing and seats are sprayed with disinfectant. Hand sanitiser is available on board and at our visitor terminals, where our customer service teams are also vigilantly cleaning all high-touch areas.  

Further initiatives include:

  • A dedicated internal COVID-19 team established to provide daily expert guidance and information.
  • Signage to remind customers of the need for extra vigilance and increased personal hygiene, particularly thorough hand washing.
  • Changing how we greet each other if meeting in person (i.e. no handshakes, hugs or hongi).
  • Providing our staff with up-to-the-moment guidance and information so they can keep themselves and their families safe.
  • Asking any staff or customers who are feeling unwell to please stay at home and seek medical advice via Healthline or their GP.

For more information about our updated terms and conditions click here. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with the friendly Contact Centre Team:

Tel: +64 3 249 6000 or 0800 656501 (within NZ)

Email: [email protected]