Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary, Stewart Island

from £71
4 hours Year round
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Although it is only a short, 10-minute ride across the Paterson Inlet from Stewart Island to Ulva Island, this predator-free reserve, in many ways it feels as though it were worlds away.

Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary is a unique predator-free environment, with easy walking tracks and time to enjoy an insight into this temperate rain forest.  The guides are experienced natural history and birding specialists; they bring their love of this special island to ensure a memorable experience.  Discover New Zealand’s rare and endangered birds and plants at close quarters and take away the knowledge that you have glimpsed a part of a unique and primeval world.  Meet at Golden Bay Wharf for the 8 min water taxi ride to Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary.

Enjoy a 3.5 hour guided walk with excellent commentary in the primeval rainforest where rare and threatened birds and plants make their home.

A popular destination for bird watchers, the island is home to the brown kiwi, rifleman, yellow-crowned and red-fronted parakeet, as well as the South Island kaka, among others. It is also a popular breeding ground for the endangered yellow-eyed penguin.

This tour includes Department of Conservation fee and guided walk.

Meet at Golden Bay Wharf for water taxi transfer to Ulva Island (included)

Duration:  3.5 hours
Price: from £71 per person
Departures: daily

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