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Address: 20 Main Road, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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+64 (0)3 219 1216
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Ulva Island is located on Stewart Island,New Zealand. A predator-free and...

Ulva Island is located on Stewart Island,New Zealand. A predator-free and picturesque island, it is an environmental treasure. Rare, endangered, endemic and native birds abound - it is also a botanist's dream in a pristine primeval forest environment. Ulva's Guided Walks is the Ulva Island specialist natural history guiding team that provides visitors with truly memorable experiences in this unique forest sanctuary. We provide personalised and small group experiences - and absolutely guarantee that you will love our southern-most bird sanctuary in the world!

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Wonderful informative guided walk

Ulva has been guiding folks around Ulva Island for about 17 years now, and obviously she knows her stuff and loves the bird life of this very special place. It was a treat to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Judy P
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Caineville, Utah
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Caineville, Utah
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ulva has been guiding folks around Ulva Island for about 17 years now, and obviously she knows her stuff and loves the bird life of this very special place. It was a treat to spend an afternoon with her.

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Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words; it's always a pleasure to show Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary to such responsive and appreciative visitors like yourselves. The birdlife came out to see us, despite the weather.... Do hope the rest of your holiday weather improved! Safe travelling, Ulva Goodwillie, Ulva's Guided Walks, Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary. More 

Ohope
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went with Ulva as our guide. It was as if she had the birds choreographed to appear, (perhaps she did!). As well as the birds, highlights morepork, saddleback, rifleman and penguins Ulva identified trees, ferns and plants in a gentle but knowledgeable style. We also had a history of the island, the postman and his impact on the plants... More 

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Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this review

We did have an outstanding day didn't we? I was so pleased that we were able to go through the bird list for you :) We are so privileged to be able to walk through ancient forest and love that you appreciate our unique diversity of flora. I do hope the rest of your time on Stewart Island was just... More 

unguidedmissal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour to Ulva went off perfectly. The water taxi ride from Golden Bay felt safe and easy. Our guide, Matt, went out of his way to show us as many birds as possible (we saw all that we wanted with one exception but then we saw blue penguins which we didn't expect). And he also gave us a ton... More 

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Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback about Matt Jones. He is leading a birding group through NZ at the moment, but I'll pass your comments on to him. Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary is really beautiful isn't it? And always so much better when guided by a specialist birding and natural history guide like Matt. Safe travelling, Ulva Goodwillie,... More 

Ipswich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Stewart Island primarily to go birding on Ulva Island. The weather proved wet and windy, and we were only able to get there once. Fortunately, the one day the water taxis were able to get out there, we were guided by the very personable and knowledgeable Matt Jones of Ulva's Guided Walks. He helped us find all... More 

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Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback, I'm sending your review on to Matt who is leading a 21 day birding tour through NZ at the moment. I remember him telling me about your day and would like you to know that - at the end of January - the weather is actually improving! Safe travelling, Ulva Goodwillie, Owner,... More 

Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Ulva Goodwillie of Ulva's Guided walks met us with genuine welcome for a 7 minute boat ride from Stewarts Island to Ulva Island. Our diverse group of 6 guests (one guest was an elderly man and Ulva adjusted the pace so both he and a vigorous couple with extensive birding experience felt fully accomodated) fell into easy, immediate rapport guided... More 

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Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this review

I think you must be a writer....thank you SO much for your words. What a stunning reminder of another wonderful day on Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary. How we leave visitors feeling after our Ulva's Guided Walks half day guided experience - is the foundation of the best word of mouth marketing we can possibly provide. It does help when the... More 

Arrowtown, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Ulva's knowledge of the island and plants and birds is amazing. The three hours went far too quickly. I would advise anyone planning to visit the island to book this tour as we saw and learnt far more than a casual visitor would. Ulva is a delightful person to be with.

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Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments, it was such a brilliant day and the birds just kept coming out to visit you... Safe travels, Ulva Goodwillie, Owner, Ulva's Guided Walks. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

My family and I just returned from a winter trip to NZ and we spent a couple of days on Stewart Island. Matt Jones took us on a 4-hour tour of Ulva Island and it was one of the highlights of our entire vacation. Matt is a wonderful ambassador to this area and he is full of knowledge about the... More 

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Palmerston North
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

We did this tour as part of our Stewart Island cruise and what a great way to see and understand the flora and fauna of the area. Ulva has a relaxed style and a friendly manner and was just so interesting to listen to. She has published a book on the island with superb photos of everything we got to... More 

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Long Beach Island, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

We did a three hour walking tour with Matt Jones. It was an excellent tour of Ulva's very unique wildlife. Matt has a true love and broad knowledge of living creatures and plant life on the island.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

Already commented on the excellent guide and host Leah who made the walk exceptional, I shall always remember this. From the moment we stepped ashore we were in a land of delightful opportunity as we looked for bird species I had only heard of never seen in the wild.

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