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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...more
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Amazing trip with a super knowledgeable guide, Erin. She found bellbirds, saddlebacks, robins, parakeets, tui, weka, blue penguins before anyone else even knew where to look. On the way out we saw blue penguins in the water and a leopard seal on the rocks. Great...More
We were 2 of a party of 4 on the walk. It's a very easy walk with a few steps here and there. Ulva was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. Highlights were a kiwi walking across the path late morning and the Weka...More
1 Thank Derek S
Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago
Hello Derek, thank you for your review. It was a stunning day wasn't it, and the kiwi was such a bonus! Not to mention the flocks of Mohoua. I hope you got some excellent photos. Safe travels.
Four of us booked onto the guided walk of Ulva Island which departed at 8.30am. Our guide was Matt Jones who is very charismatic and just so knowledgeable about Ulva and its background.
The walk is at a steady pace with regular stops where Matt...More
3 Thank lesleyjane
Ulva G, Front Office Manager at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018
Thank you for your review, we're delighted you enjoyed Ulva Island - and Matt - so much. Thank you too for appreciating the natural beauty of this very special place. I will pass a copy of your review onto the Ulva Island Charitable Trust and...More
We were so lucky to get Ulva herself to guide us around Ulva Island. She was knowledgeable of all the birds and plants we were seeing. She knew all the bird calls, and anytime we heard one we hadn't seen yet she would "chase" it...More
Thank Wyatt F
Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018
What a gorgeous review, thank you SO much. I'm just incredibly lucky to be able to be on Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary as much as possible and, of course, showing wonderful visitors such as yourselves. We did have a great day didn't we - and...More
Walking through original podocarp bush with Denise was wonderful. Her knowledge was fantastic, not just about the birds (Stewart Is robins, kaka, bellbirds, kakariki and many more) but the vegetation. I learned heaps... It was a beautiful day with many great photo opportunities. But you...More
Thank Belinda R
Ulva G, Front Office Manager at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018
We're delighted you enjoyed your guided walk on Ulva Island so much Belinda, thank you for writing. I've passed your wonderful review to Denise. Best wishes, Jules
This was an amazing experience! Arriving on Ulva Island sounded like being in a jungle because of all the birds. My guide was Matt, who was not only incredibly knowledgeable about the birds, flora and other wildlife, but was also a delightful person with a...More
1 Thank Sally-on-the-go
Ulva G, Front Office Manager at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018
Hi Sally, I've passed your review onto Matt and you're right - he loves what he does and cares very much for what he fondly calls his "office", Ulva Island! He gets a real buzz out of other people's excitement and enjoyment of the birds...More
Ulva took us across on the water taxi. She was so informative and enthusiastic, we saw lots of birds and tracks from penguins and sea lions. We couldn't have learned so much on our own especially about the flora which was fascinating. Thank you very...More
We’ve just returned from a trip to Ulva Island with Denise, who was so knowledgeable and so enthusiastic. She led our small group to all the right places to see so many birds, she could recognise their calls and so lead us to them or...More
Ulva G, Front Office Manager at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018
Thank you for your review. Denise enjoyed your company and loved sharing Ulva Island with you! Best wishes, Jules
Hi - Ulva Goodwillie here from Ulva's Guided Walks. We can definitely arrange a half day trip to fit in with your transport requirements. Dependent on your afternoon departure time, we can fit in an early afternoon half... More
Hi - Ulva Goodwillie here from Ulva's Guided Walks. We can definitely arrange a half day trip to fit in with your transport requirements. Dependent on your afternoon departure time, we can fit in an early afternoon half day guided walk to suit.
Remember too, that the ferry has a really good long-term parking system at Bluff which may help? Contact us via email and we can discuss this further...
Ulva's Guided Walks
Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary