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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  • There simply is no place like it: predator (and browser) free, so the rain forest is just as it was ages and ages ago. The birds are unafraid and loud and visible, the plants are rare and beautiful an...  more »
  • Fabulous trip. Lots of interesting information about history of Stewart island. Lovely tour on Ulva island. Beautiful birds. saw so many birds that came so close to us. Great to have places like where...  more »
  • A visit to Rakiura/Stewart Island is not complete without a trip to Ulva Island. The first visit was so good we made another trip there the next day. We did two different walks on each day, one day to...  more »