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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  • October 6, 2017
    A short boat ride to the island and then an easy walk through bush with lots of birds to spot and nice beaches to pop out on.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Ulva Island is a very special predator free reserve for NZ native birds. Treat the Wildlife with care and the native plants not be disturbed. Recommend hiring a guide to fully understand how special t...  more »
  • September 4, 2017
    A great place to go and see native New Zealand birds, trees, flora and fauna. We had a fabulous time seeing birds we'd never seen before including the saddleback.  more »
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  • July 29, 2017
    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.

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