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Ulva's Guided Walks

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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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20 Main Road, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 January 2018

We booked on this tour because it is the original and long standing tour to Ulva Island. What we got was far from our expectations. When we met our guide at Golden Bay wharf(who was not Ulva herself), we asked if sometime during our tour...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Helen D
Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

As the owner of Ulva’s Guided Walks, I believe the only way I can possibly answer your review is as follows: We take our business of sharing Ulva Island with visitors very seriously and refute your comment that our guided walks are not “fit for...More

Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

For anyone interested in wildlife, birds in particular, a guided walk on Ulva Island is a “must”. You could go with a handbook and have a marvelous experience but I urge you to go with a guide. Matt, a trained ornithologist, took us on the...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback about Matt; his knowledge and experience is amazing. I've passed your comments on to him and sure he will appreciate your review. Best wishes, Ulva Goodwillie, Ulva's Guided Walks, Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary.

Reviewed 19 December 2017

Ulva is doing a great job here. You can tell she knows a lot, a lot, a lot about Ulva's fauna & flora. We were lucky to see several birds in action and Ulva took time to let us absorb everything and to explain funny...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Thank you Fien D, we do love to showcase Ulva Island bird sanctuary to appreciative visitors. We appreciate your comments and really pleased you enjoyed your time with us. Best wishes, Ulva Goodwillie, Ulva's Guided Walks, Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary.

Reviewed 9 December 2017

Had a wonderful experience with this walk. Our guide Ulva was very skilled and on top of that one of the friendliest guides I met in New Zealand. We saw just about all of the interesting birds living on Ulva Island. I learned a lot...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Ulva G, Front Office Manager at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thank you for your fabulous review, we're so pleased you enjoyed your guided walk with us.

Reviewed 13 September 2017

Ulva was named after the island and has been guiding there for over 17 years. Thus we were in good hands for our trip to the island on a rainy morning. Ulva's extensive knowledge was immediately evident with her botanical descriptions and wildlife insights. She...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Dimps575
Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review; it was rather damp wasn't it? However the birds kept coming out to see us. Really pleased about the moreporks though - they weren't there today! Do hope your photos turned out okay. Safe travels, Ulva Goodwillie,...More

Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

If you visit New Zealand go to Stewart Island, it is worth the effort and once there go to Ulva Island with Ulva. She is interesting, enthusiastic , loves the place and knows a great deal about the history, wild life and plants. It is...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Thank you so much for your feedback, you are quite right about preparing for the weather. Although it is spring it was rather cold but you were totally prepared with merino layers. Good spotting the spider orchids though! Safe travels, Ulva Goodwillie, Ulva's Guided Walks,...More

Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Without Ulva's knowledge I would have missed so much of the natural beauties of Ulva Island. Ulva was a walking encyclopedia of the bird and plant life of Ulva Island.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

You are very kind, and I'm appreciative of your lovely comments. I must not have given you an exam at the end of our half day tour :) Safe travelling, Ulva Goodwillie, Ulva's Guided Walks, Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary.

Reviewed 21 March 2017

Matt Jones took us on a guided tour of the island. He was amazing. he knows his birds and where and how to find them. I don't think we missed anything. he was informative about the palnts as well but his knowledge and understanding of...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2017

Thank you so much for your great feedback; I've sent your comments on to Matt Jones, birding guide extraordinaire and wildlife photographer (www.mattjoneswildlifeimages.com) as well as Matt Atkins, owner/skipper of Rakiura Charters watertaxi & pelagic seabirding tours (www.rakiuracharters.co.nz) We are very fortunate to have these...More

Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

This was one of my top experiences on my tour of New Zealand. My husband and I took the afternoon Half Day Bird and Botany Guided Walk on Ulva Island. I was thrilled to have Ulva Goodwillie as our guide as she is definitely one...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2017

Wow! You have been extremely kind with your comments, thank you so much. It is an absolute privilege to be able to 'work' in pristine surroundings such as Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary and to show it off to wonderful people like yourselves. Please return :)...More

Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Ulva Island was colonized by the Maori a few centuries ago. Ulva Goodwillie, our guide, was named after the island. She visits it frequently and even wrote a guide about it's wildlife. A watertaxi took us to the island within 7 minutes. The island has...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review... Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary is just so easy to 'sell' when we have days like we had. Remember to come back and visit us again. Best wishes, Ulva Goodwillie, Ulva's Guided Walks, Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary

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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
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