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Stewart Island Ferry Services

Experience Foveaux Strait on board our express catamarans. During the one-hour crossing between Bluff and Stewart Island keep a lookout for wildlife, especially seabirds. Watching mollymawks (albatross) soaring behind the ferry is a fantastic sight.

Comprehensive commentaries provide information on the interesting landmarks commonly seen, including Dog Island Lighthouse, Ruapuke Island, the Titi Islands and Mt Anglem - Stewart Island’s highest point.

  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • View Timetable
  • One hour journey
  • Personal baggage is carried free on the ferries - max. 2 bags per person (1 stowed and 1 small carry-on). Additional baggage is by prior arrangement
  • Vehicle parking available at Bluff (extra cost)
  • Check in 30 mins prior to ferry departure
  • From $85 per person




Departing Bluff/Oban: prices valid for travel from 1 Oct 2021 - 30 Sep 2022.

- Adult: NZ$85 (one-way)
- Child: NZ$45 (one-way)

Ferry Timetable

Valid 1 May - 30 September 2022

Departs Bluff

9:45am (Daily)

4.30pm (Daily)

Departs Oban

8am (Daily)

3.00pm (Daily)

Valid 1 October 2021 - 30 April 2022

Departs Bluff

9:45am (Daily)

1.30pm (Daily 26 Dec - 28 Feb only)

5.15pm (Daily)

Departs Oban

8am (Daily)

12pm (Daily 26 Dec - 28 Feb only)

3.30pm (Daily)

**Please note: Timetable information is indicative and subject to change.  For the latest information please refer to the website booking calendar for your date of travel.  Passengers who pre-book through our website will be updated of any departure changes.  

More information

Ferry departure locations

- From Bluff: Stewart Island Experience Visitor Terminal - 21 Foreshore Road, Bluff.
- From Stewart Island: Stewart Island Visitor Terminal.

We also operate coach connections from Invercargill which meet our ferry arrivals/departures. To book call 0800 656501, or select the "Invercargill to Bluff" or "Bluff to Invercargill" trip on the booking page.

What to bring

Shoes/boots (non-slip), warm clothing/jacket, sunscreen/sunglasses and camera.

Additional baggage

Personal baggage is carried free on the ferries - maximum of two bags per person (one stowed and one small carry-on).
For visitors to Stewart Island wishing to bring additional baggage, 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. 
Additional baggage - prices valid until 30 September 2022.

  • Bicycle $15 one way
  • E-bikes $20 one way
  • Single Kayak $25 one way
  • Double Kayak $30 one way
  • Dinghy $75 one way
  • Small motorbike $50 one way

Vehicle parking at Bluff

Vehicle parking is available in Bluff, adjacent to the Bluff Visitor Terminal for self-driving visitors taking the ferry to Stewart Island. 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.


In case you haven't found the information you were looking for, we've put together some of the most common questions our customers ask about our trips. If you need more specific answers, please contact us directly.

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