Ulva Island, Stewart Island

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Spot a wide range of birds and plants up close at Ulva Island, home to many rare species already extinct on the New Zealand mainland. Take a tour of the unspoiled island sanctuary with an expert guide or see which varieties you can identify on your own. Notable birds include the Stewart Island robin and the shy southern brown kiwi. No matter your luck with the bird spotting, the verdant rainforest offers an ideal setting for a satisfying walk across the island's trails. If you choose to picnic on the beach, remember that this island remains a carefully preserved predator-free zone, so be sure to leave no trace. To visit Ulva Island and get the most from your holiday in Stewart Island, create itinerary details personal to you using our Stewart Island tourist route planner.
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  • A short water taxi ride to the island from Stewart Island and we were the only 3 people on it. No kiwis, sad, but cheeky wekas, saddlebacks, Stewart Island Robins and amazing rain foresty walks and be...  more »
  • The island is well tracked for most visitors with defined shingle paths. Birds seen included Weka, Kaka, Saddle Back, Robin, Kiwi, Kuru, to name some and of coarse hosts of sea birds. Patience is alwa...  more »
  • Ulva Island, one of New Zealand's Pest Free Islands, is a treasure! the 20$ ferry return takes you there and you can spend all day there (do not miss the last ferry though around 4pm?) The key to visi...  more »

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