Travel Update: Coastal Pacific unscheduled maintenance between Blenheim and Picton 18, 21, 22, 23, 24 September 2023


Due to unscheduled maintenance between Blenheim and Picton, our train is unable to travel on a small section of the line while repairs take place. We are very pleased to advise that the Coastal Pacific service will go ahead as planned however a 25-minute portion of your journey, between Blenheim & Picton, will be replaced by Bus.

If you are starting your journey from Picton, you are able to check in at the train station as usual and will be advised by train staff on the location of our private bus transfer.

For those doing a day return from Christchurch, you will have your break time in Blenheim. The station is in the centre of town, so lots of time to explore.


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Ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island

You’ll zip across Foveaux Strait between Bluff and Stewart Island in just one hour aboard comfortable catamarans.

It’s an interesting stretch of water, home to several islands including Dog Island (spot the lighthouse), Ruapuke Island, and the Titi Islands, and a considerable fishing industry.

During your trip, keep an eye out along the way for wildlife – particularly seabirds such as the Mollymawk and Titi. Friendly staff provide informative commentary and point out highlights.

An all-year daily scheduled ferry service is available with complimentary tea and coffee served aboard.  

Duration: 1 hour


Insightful commentary during the crossing
Complimentary tea and coffee onboard

Booking Information

Check-in 30 minutes prior to ferry departure
Luggage limit of 2 bags per person (one stowed & one small carry-on). Extra goods by arrangement
Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years are carried free but must be added to your booking
A Government visitor levy of NZ$2.50 per adult per one-way ferry crossing is included in the adult rates.
Coach transfers from Invercargill are available - please book separately.
Parking at Bluff Visitor Terminal is available (at extra cost)
On board café
PLEASE NOTE: Currently we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs on the Stewart Island Ferries. If this impacts your booking, we apologize for the inconvenience, please contact us to discuss your options.


Stewart Island Ferry - Bluff to Stewart Island
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Service is unavailable today, please select further day.