Ulva Island, Stewart Island

Must see · Island · Nature / Park
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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  • Had a thoroughly enjoyable day with Johnny from Beaks and Feathers. He was superbly knowledgeable and even had the decency to laugh at our daft jokes. He knew everything there was to know about the.....  more »
  • Great hiking and wildlife every time I visit and don’t get me started on snorkeling here! Just gorgeous. A really special place for plants and birds, and even sea lions if you’re lucky. Nice walking.....  more »
  • We took the water taxi across at 9am and back at 1245pm. That was a perfect amount of time to do all the tracks at the slow pace that’s necessary to see wildlife. We saw most of the island species.....  more »
  • If you are visiting Stewart Island in New Zealand then hop on a boat taxi and take a short trip over to Ulva Island and I promise you will not be disappointed. There are several kilometres of walks through the forest and along the beach where you will encounter plenty of birds native to the area. The trees in the forest are special some over one thousand years old. It is such a beautiful place full of wonder you will never forget the experience.
  • You dont want to miss Ulva Island when visiting Stewart Island. This predator free DOC established sanctuary is one of the best places in New Zealand to spectate native birds species, including Kiwi. And if you will be lucky you may even spot here Leopard seal or much bigger Elephant seal
  • Absolutely amazing. A must go to. An experience of a life time.
  • Enjoyable day on the well maintained tracks. Quite a few birds to be seen.
  • Nice walk way...

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