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Address: 20 Main Road, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-219 1216
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10:30 - 17:00
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2016
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Arrowtown, New Zealand
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Arrowtown, New Zealand
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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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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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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217 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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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Franz Josef, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

Ulva is an amazing island its like going back in time. The birds are beutiful especially the little robins who will come right up to you. We had a lovely lady named after the island took us on a guided tour her knowledge was amazing she was funny and warm. The whole four hours were an incredible experience we will... More 

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Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

Ulva is a delightful person who has a great manner and is soooo passionate about her tour. She quickly established a rapport with all members of the group and catered for those of us with hearing difficulties. Her commentary and the information imparted on Ulva Island flora and fauna during this comprehensive 1/2 day tour was excellent. Her bird spotting... More 

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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

We did the 1 hour guided walk as part of the Palmerston Inlet cruise with Real Journeys. Bevan, our guide was very knowledgable and friendly.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

We were so glad we went on Ulva's bird walk on Ulva island. Ulva has a huge love for what she does, is enthusiastic and an expert birder and botanist. We spent a wonderful morning on quiet tracks through the bush picking up on bird song and finding the singers, mostly. The highlights were seeing a little group of yellow... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

Great experts on history wildlife and enjoying life worth a visit.Easy going no rush but very professional delivery catering for all levels of interest and all ages.

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