Trip Details

This trip is simply dedicated to taking photography. The group moves together, but each participant can choose what they want to photograph. Your guide will try to maximise your photo opportunities by finding birds and pointing out interesting subject matter.


Learn more about Ulva Island.


More commonly seen birds include:

Land birds: South Island saddleback, yellowhead, Stewart Island robin, South Island rifleman, red-crowned parakeet, yellow-crowned parakeet, Stewart Island weka, South Island kaka, wood pigeon, brown creeper, tui, bellbird, South Island tomtit, fantail, grey warbler, morepork, kingfisher.

Shore birds: Stewart Island shag, spotted shag, pied shag, little shag, black-backed gull, red-billed gull, variable oystercatcher.

Sea birds: White-capped mollymawks, little blue penguins.


New Zealand sealion and fur seals may occasionally visit Ulva Island.


A variety of endemic podocarps (conifers), flowering trees, tree ferns, ground ferns, coastal shrubs, mosses and orchids are amongst a diverse range of flora than can be seen.


Day pack, raincoat, warm clothing, warm hat and gloves, water bottle, snack, binoculars. Wear sneakers or comfortable walking shoes.
Camera equipment: camera, spare batteries, spare memories cards, tripod. Waterproof cover recommended for your camera.


"I am an enthusiastic wildlife photographer and wanted to take good quality pictures of Kiwi, Yellowhead, Riflemen and Weka. This I acheived with many other species I had not expected. I am certain I would not have succeeded without Furhana's guiding hand. She knew exactly where to look. I would say to any keen photographer "Let Furhana find your subject. The rest is up to you" Thank you Furhana for a simply amazing trip."


  • What we do

    We pick you up from your accommodation, take you to Golden Bay Wharf. Embark our water taxi for Ulva Island, for an 8 - 10 minute boat ride, looking out for occasional seabirds.

    Arrive at Post Office Cove, Ulva Island to slowly walk the Island's trails, stopping often for photography.  

    Enjoy  a delicious picnic lunch at picturesque Sydney Cove.

    In the afternoon we continue on the main trails, returning to the jetty for our boat back to Golden Bay Wharf. Transfers are provided to your accommodation.

Ruggedy Range™
Clients watching weka at Boulder Beach

Pricing & Info


NZ $495.00 per person


Photography tour, transfers to and from Golden Bay Wharf, picnic lunch, hot drinks, Department of Conservation fees, admin costs.

$1.00 per person donated into our Conservation Fund.

Min persons

6 persons

Max persons

7 persons


8.5 hours


Approx. 3 – 5 km (1.8 – 3 miles)


Well formed gravel tracks – easy walk with steps and short stretches of beach.


8.00 am to 4.30 pm


Golden Bay Wharf

Suitable for

Reasonable fitness

Departure Dates

Prior bookings are essential.  
Additional dates (including off-season) may be available subject to feasibility and staff availability.  Please contact us.

SEPTEMBER 2020 Please enquire

3rd, 14th, 
17th, 28th

NOVEMBER 2020 1st, 10th
16th, 24th
DECEMBER 2020 1st, 11th, 15th
JANUARY 2021 9th, 14th
24th, 29th
FEBRUARY 2021 7th, 13th
18th, 23rd
MARCH 2021 4th, 18th
24th, 29th
APRIL 2021 Please enquire