Getting Here

Travel to Stewart Island

You can travel to Stewart Island by plane from Invercargill or ferry from Bluff.

Road transport is available from Dunedin, Queenstown, Te Anau, Manapouri and Tuatapere.

Day Trips

We recommend staying at least two nights in Stewart Island. If you have limited time, day trips are possible, but will limit what you can do.  

Stewart Island Visitor Levy

Prices include a Visitor Levy of $2.50 p.p. each way for people over 18 years. This assists the Stewart Island community in providing infrastructure, services and amenities for visitors. 

Travel by Plane

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Airfares Current  From
October 2018
  NZ$ p.p. NZ$ p.p.
Adult Return 215.00 $220.00
Adult One-Way 125.00 $130.00
Under 15 Return 130.00 $135.00
Under 15 One-way 80.00 $85.00

Adults Fares are for 15 yrs and above. Child Fares are valid for 4 to 14 yrs of age. Children 0 to 3 travel for free.

The flight timetable for travel between Invercargill and Stewart Island is shown below.

Oct to Apr May to Sep Saturday & Sunday
All year
Depart Invercargill Depart Stewart Island Depart Invercargill Depart Stewart Island Depart Invercargill Depart Stewart Island
8.00 am 8.30 am 9.00 am 9.30 am 9.00 am 9.30 am
1.00 pm 1.30 pm 1.00 pm 1.30 pm 1.00 pm 1.30 pm
5.00 pm 5.30 pm 4.00 pm 4.30 pm 4.00 pm 4.30 pm

 

Flight duration: 20 minutes each way

Check in: 30 minutes before departure time at Stewart Island Flight's Desk, Invercargill Airport.
Shuttle buses / taxis are available from accommodation to Invercargill Airport. If you are driving, secure parking is available at Invercargill Airport and parking fees apply.

Luggage Allowance: 15 kg per person. Excess luggage can be stored free of charge at the Stewart Island Flights Office or may come in on later flights subject to space.

Travel by Ferry

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  Current From 1st Oct 2018
  Ferry Coach Ferry  Coach
  NZ$ p.p.  NZ$ p.p. 
Adult Return 139.00  50.00 148.00 54.00
Adult One-Way 79.00  25.00 85.00 27.00
Child Return 70.00  26.00 74.00 28.00
Child One-Way 40.00  13.00 43.00 14.00


Ferry Adults Fares are for 15 + yrs of age. Child Fares apply for 5 to 14 year olds. Children 0 to 4 travel for free.

During some school holidays, upto 2 children (0 - 18 yrs) go free per full fare paying adult on specific departures from Bluff and Stewart Island.

The ferry timetable for travel between Bluff and Stewart Island is shown below.

 Month  Departs
Bluff
Departs
Stewart Island
May to September 2018 9.45 am
4.30 pm
8.00 am
3.00 pm 
October to November 2018 9.45 am
11.00 am
5.15 pm
8.00 am
3.30 pm
5.00 pm
1st to 24th December 2018 9.45 am
11.00 am
1.30 pm
5.15 pm 
8.00 am
12.00 noon
3.30 pm
5.00 pm 
25th December 2018 9.45 am
1.30 pm
5.15 pm
8.00 am
12.00 noon
3.30 pm
26th December 2018 to 7th January 2019  8.00 am
9.45 am
11.00 am
1.30 pm
5.15 pm
 8.00 am
9.30 am
12.00 noon
3.30 pm
5.00 pm
 8th January to 31st March 2019 9.45 am
11.00 am
1.30 pm
5.15 pm 
8.00 am
12.00 noon
3.30 pm
5.00  pm 
April 2019 9.45 am
11.00 am
5.15 pm 
8.00 am
3.30 pm
5.00 pm 
 May to September 2019 9.45 am
4.30 pm 
8.00 am
3.00 pm 

 

Sailing Time: 1 hour each way.
Bluff is half an hour drive south from Invercargill.

Check in: 30 minutes before departure time at the ferry terminal.
Coach is available between Invercargill and Bluff. If you are driving, secure parking facilities are available at the ferry terminal and parking fees apply.

Luggage Allowance: 1 carry on and 1 stowed. Excess baggage by prior arrangement.