Ulva Island, Stewart Island

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. Make Ulva Island a part of your Stewart Island vacation plans using our Stewart Island trip maker site .
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  • Angie, who was my tourguide took me for a complete walk of this incredible island. She was most informative in all aspects of the birds, wildlife and many various native plants. She was the main reaso...  more »
  • Ulva Island is an amazing predator free island with incredibly tame rare birds (Not scared of humans) and some of the only virgin forest in New Zealand. You can go to the island alone ($20 ferry from ...  more »
  • Take the ferry, buy the Charitable Trust guide for reference, wander at leisure. Stop, look, listen. The tracks are easy to medium - well formed and maintained. We're told the best days are a mix of s...  more »
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  • If you like birds, and maybe even if you don't, the trip over to the island by sea taxi is totally with the effort. We also paid the 2 bucks for the Ulva island brochure at the hut where you arrive on the island and saw all of them except the kiwi and the cuckoos... (And if you try a little, and sometimes if you don't, you'll see them on Stewart island anyway, well the kiwis at least). Most of the birds come up so close to you that you can get amazing photos of them, and it was an experience that I would do again, and again.
  • An amazing experience that is a must do on Stewart Island. Even though we didn't see any kiwis, we saw a bunch of other birds, exotic plants and pristine beaches. You feel like you are in a different world.
  • An amazing experience with Ruggedy Range
  • Fabulous island. I was there early morning in winter and for a while I had the place to myself. Superb beaches in isolated coves. Amazing forestry and wildlife. I only had 2 hours there and it wasn't enough. Allow at least 4 of you want to really enjoy and savour the place. Photos really don't do it justice.
  • If you like birds this is a must see.
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