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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  • Half of the time it rained - and for a few minutes it even hailed. Even so, the trip to Ulva Island was a highlight of our time in New Zealand. So many species of birds! It was basically a birdwatcher...  more »
  • We took the Ulva Island ferry with two adults and two children (9 & 11 yo). We walked the island tracks for just about 2 hours then caught the return ferry. The length of our stay was perfect for our ...  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
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