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Ulva's Guided Walks

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Stewart Island, New Zealand
About Ulva's Guided Walks
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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kiwikaileigh wrote a review May 2021
Auckland, New Zealand140 contributions25 helpful votes
I booked the combo deal (kiwi spotting & Ulva Island tour) with Jules, she was absolutely amazing to deal with..! Dan took the evening kiwi spotting tour & picked us up from our accommodation as it was on the way to mamaku point conservation reserve . His persistence paid off & we were fortunate to see two juvenile kiwis calling & frolicking around together outside the biosecurity fence. Our tour around Ulva was with Emma who we met at Golden Bay Wharf, she was so incredibly knowledgeable - not only pointing out the obvious flora & fauna but giving us a lesson on historic facts, usage of plants - didn't think I'd learn that much on an island tour..!
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Date of experience: May 2021
J Righton wrote a review Apr 2021
7 contributions1 helpful vote
We had evening kiwi spotting tour. The minimum number of four people was required for the tour to go ahead, but they kindly made it happen for us (the family of three)! Dan the the guide took us to Mamaku reserve, and we saw two deer and two kiwi. The kiwi we saw were both outside of the biosecurity fence, and Dan even knew their age. We saw them searching for food, watched one kiwi pulling a long warm out from the soft ground, and learnt that kiwi could walk pretty fast. We could not see any kiwi family in the enclosed fence, but we heard them clearly. It was just amazing. Dan kindly took us out to other kiwi spotting places. Our boy saw one kiwi walking across the road, and disappeared into a bush. Before dropping us off to the motel, Dan took us to Observation Rock. The sky was so beautiful. This tour was one of our great experiences in Stewart Island. Thanks a lot, Dan!!
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Date of experience: April 2021
Anna D wrote a review Mar 2021
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
My friend and I felt privileged to go with Ulva as well known local Rakiura/Stewart islander of Maori & Scot heritage. She was so brilliant for explaining to us about the birds and native plants/trees. However we are both Deaf, Ulva pointed for us to see the birds perching on branches. We did communicate quite well as we learnt a lot with each other! Stewart Island robins often appeared when we walked along.
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Date of experience: March 2021
graypieta wrote a review Mar 2021
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We did both the kiwi encounter and 1/2 day Ulva Island experience with Ulva as our guide. WOW. Our family has had a once-in-a lifetime experience seeing kiwi, rare birds and stunning scenery. Ulva has deep knowledge and mana. We feel very lucky to have had you as our guide. Ngā mihi nui, Ulva! Thank you so much. Our trips have really exceeded expectations. We cannot recommend Ulva's Guided Tours more highly. You won't be disappointed!
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Date of experience: March 2021
Julie S wrote a review Feb 2021
Napier102 contributions20 helpful votes
I joined a excellent day trip to Ulva Island led by Matt Jones, wildlife photographer and sub-Antarctic expedition leader. Matt really knew his stuff and was also entertaining to listen to. When we arrived there were marks on the sand from a sea lion who was hiding under a rock. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see him, but it was nevertheless pretty exciting. We also saw penguin burrows and flax that had been flattened by a nesting sea lion who used it as a bed. So depending on what time of year you go, there is the possibility of seeing a sea lion pup. During our tour we saw saddleback (quite a rare bird), rifleman, brown creepers, and kaka parrots. But my favourites were hands down the robins and wekas, who were so incredibly friendly and inquisitive, coming right up to us and following us around. We narrowly missed seeing a kiwi foraging for food in the day time by about 1 minute - we turned a corner on the track and another tourist had just finished watching a kiwi and it had already wandered off. The next day I met someone who’d seen two kiwi “having a domestic” on the island. So it’s definitely a good place to spot kiwi in the day time - I’ll have to go back another year to do that. Matt taught us some interesting things about the native trees, including showing us how the miro sap could be used as ink to write on the leaves of the mutton bird scrub. It was definitely a worthwhile tour, and I would never have noticed as much wildlife if I’d explored the island by myself. The water taxi ride over is really quick, so if you get sea sick like me, you don’t need to let this put you off going - you don’t have time to feel unwell. Just one tip - take a printed confirmation of your booking. Although I booked a couple of months in advance and reconfirmed a couple of days before the tour, the company hadn’t put my name on Matt’s list, so I was glad I had my printout to prove I was meant to be there!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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