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Ulva Island

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Stewart Island, New Zealand
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 July 2014

First time I saw a Kiwi in the wild was here. It was the middle of the day and he came within a metre of me. Awesome stuff. Also loads of other noisy birds. I enjoyed my lunch on a bench by the beach and...More

3  Thank spartan264
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 27 December 2011

Ulva island is touted as a “must do” experience when on Stewart Island. It is a quick boat ride from the mainland. The island has outstanding walks and excellent signage with provided maps that makes finding your way round very easy. DOC maintains the track...More

1  Thank Winetourist
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Doing the bird tour on Ulva was one of the highlights of our trip. The island is beautiful and well maintained. The birding is amazing - and we even went on a rainy day. We saw about 15 species of birds. Our tour group was...More

Thank Craig-World-Travelle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Growing up in New Zealand I didn't find this island too amazing as I have seen many of these birds throughout my life but if you are not from New Zealand you will find this an experience to see some of our native birds in...More

Thank Tennille S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A trip to Ulva Island is a must do when going to Stewart Island. We took the Kakiura water taxi and spent three hours exploring the sanctuary. The Bush and trees were serene. Spoting birds that I haven't seen anywhere else in New Zealand was...More

Thank Kiaussi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In my opinion this is the must visit when travelling to Stewart Island. Only beautiful and extreme special forrest, you can see plants and trees extinct on the Southern Island. Same for the birds. I will be back asap, although that will be months and...More

Thank Chris v
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What can I say? First time seeing saddlebacks, mōhua, pipipi, rifleman and kākāriki. Kids loved interacting with the NZ robins up close as well. Stunning place, we visited twice and will be returning for sure.

Thank imarandomm
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The views around the island involved meeting Blue Penguins in the water and close visits by "crash landing" albatrosses. The entire area is unbelievably pristine.

Thank George K
Reviewed 14 October 2018

I loved this place, the bird life was so alive and buzzing. We saw a few different birds and a lovely sea lion basking in the sun

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Great place to have a wander around, well signposted and good quality walking tracks. Lots of different wildlife too..

Thank DSH29
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Ulva island is absolutely incredible. From the boat ride over to the island itself. It’s full of information, beautiful views and amazing wildlife. If you have the time I highly recommend visiting it!

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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Excellent walks well sign posted good for families ,remember to take water and supplies with you as there is nowhere on the island to purchase anything.Boat only takes seven minutes quite exhilarating

1  Thank alancathoakley
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2 March 2018|
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Response from Jan A | Reviewed this property |
Yes if the ferry is going you should go.
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7 May 2017|
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Response from Anne H | Reviewed this property |
Costs $20-25 round trip--there's a boat with set times ($20), or for $25 you can set your times.
5 September 2016|
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Response from DDFA | Reviewed this property |
You could also try "Beaks and feathers". For the the Ulva Island trip, she was a lovely guide and we saw really interesting birds and learned a lot about the flora on the island also. It was a small group size (4 of us) as... More