How to get to Stewart Island

So how do you get to Stewart Island?

The most southerly of New Zealand's three main islands. In the southeast corner of South Island are some of the least visited parts of New Zealand, but they are packed in precious stones. Learn how to get to the Rakiura Track on Stewart Island/Rakiura. To me such a place is Stewart Island, at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand. The majority of foreign visitors don't come this far south.

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So how long is the trip to Bluff? Queenstown to Bluff by road is about 3 hours 5 min. and from Dunedin about 3 hours 30 min. May I drive my vehicle to Stewart Island? No. We only transport passenger and cargo on the ferries between Bluff and Stewart Island.

Do you have an ERTPOS map on Stewart Island? Yes, most places on Stewart Island have ERTPOS and major cards. At the " 4 Square " store on Stewart Island there is an ATM, but you can only make withdrawals with an NZ-bankcard. The island has no banking institutions and the closest one is in Invercargill.

Who are the people we' re going to see on Ulva Island? Birdlife on Ulva Island and Stewart Island is of particular interest, not only because of the abundance of well-known wildlife such as wekas, pigeons, Stewart Island robin and caca, but also because Stewart Island and its small runaways offer shelter to a number of lesser known migratory animals, including the NZ yolk, South Island saddleback, rifleman, oystercatcher and the Redheaded and yellow-headed sting.

Are wheelchairs allowed on the shuttle? Are there any parkings at the Bluff Ferry Terminal? You can find our rates for parkings and extra luggage on the page "More info" on our Stewart Island Ferry page. Where' s the next ATM in Bluff? Bluff's "4 Square" store has an ATM, but it is only possible to make withdrawals with an NZ debit cardhold.

At the Bluff Visitor Terminal you can buy your ticket with EFTPOS or credit card. You will find the next bench in Invercargill. From Invercargill International to Bluff to take the boat? The Stewart Island Experience ships are specifically built for use on the Foveaux Strait. Are there any other sights and attractions?

Stewart Island offers a wide variety of outdoor pursuits including kayak, angling, golf, hiking trails and much more. For further information and booking we run the Oban Visitor Centre. Stewart Island is worth a full outing? Yes, there are many things you can do on Stewart Island in one outing.

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