This is our most popular walk for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers.
Enjoy a guided walk with excellent commentary on the primeval rainforest, birds, and plants, Maori and European cultural history. View ancient podocarp trees, lush tree ferns, delicate ground ferns, mosses and orchids in season. Learn about the practical and medicinal uses of trees and plants. Enjoy some lovely photo opportunities along the way.
Stop often to view endemic and native birds at close range. You may hear kaka (native parrot) calling their liquid honey notes, interspersed with the bellbird's exquisite notes and the wonderfully varied calls of the tui. Watch lime-green parakeet flying amongst the treetops. Glimpse rare saddleback and yellowhead and try to spot New Zealand's smallest bird the rifleman. Occasionally a kiwi is seen wondering in the forest.
Our trips on Ulva Island are either 4.5 or 8.5 hours, shorter by arrangement. On full day tours we enjoy an exclusive walk to The Snuggery - a tranquil bay on the southeastern shore of Ulva Island. We spend more time on Ulva Island, take you further and show you more so you get the best out of your visit!
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, camera and binoculars. Wear sneakers or comfortable walking shoes.
Scenic Ulva Island Guided Walk + Stewart Island Scenic Drive
Discounted offer available: 1st December 2021 to 30th April 2022
$165.00 adult and $100.00 child (discounted from $180.00 adult and $115.00 child).
Ulva Island 9.00 am to 12.30 pm Scenic Drive 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm or
Ulva Island 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm. Scenic Drive: 4.30 pm tp 5.30 pm
Timings may vary during Autumn for daylight hours.
Includes: 3.5 hour Ulva Island Birds & Forest Guided Walk and 1 hour Island Culture & Scenic Road Tour.
Excludes: $6.00 p.p. one-way or $12.00 p.p. return transfers to and from Golden Bay Wharf.
Minimum Numbers: 4 adults or 2 adults + 2 children. If you are only one to three persons, we can reserve pending additional bookings.
Discounted Offer Available: Monday, Thursday, Sunday (other days subject to availability.
Contact us for details.
"...We are privileged to have spent the day on Ulva Island with a person who possesses a boundless knowledge of the island's flora & fauna. Thank you for all you shared with us, & opening our eyes to the amazing intricacies of Ulva. We loved the birds & views, & the gorgeous day!"
Meet your guide at Golden Bay Wharf, 10 minutes prior to our tour departure time.
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 walk the Island's trails. We take a short 5 - 10 minute rest along the way before returning to our boat for the ride back to Golden Bay Wharf.
Half day: From Post Office Cove, Ulva Island, we walk along well formed tracks, to Sydney Cove, West End Juntion, Boulder Beach and back to Post Office Bay. On some trips we visit Flagstaff Point.
Full day: Walk the main trails (see above) in the morning, stopping for lunch and a rest at Sydney Cove. In the afternoon, we visit The Snuggery or remain on the main trails.
Our route may vary on the day, based on client abilities, preferences and weather considerations.
Half day: NZ $150.00 per person
(A shorter option, approx. 3.5 hrs, subject to availability, $135.00 per person).
Full day: NZ $310.00 per person
Half day: NZ $95.00 per child
(A shorter option, approx. 3.5 hrs, subject to availability, $85.00 per child).
Full day: NZ $225.00 per child
Guided walk, water taxi, Department of Conservation fees, admin costs.
$1.00 per person donated into our Conservation Fund.
Full Day: NZ $20.00 per person (optional or bring your own).
Transfers to and/or from Golden Bay Wharf: NZ $6.00 one-way or NZ $12.00 return per person.
Binocular Hire (10 x 42): $15.00 per pair.
Half day: 4 persons Full day: 6 persons
a) Half day tours can operate for 2 or 3 persons with NZ $15.00 p.p. surcharge for 3.5 hrs tour or, $25.00 p.p. surcharge for 4.5 hrs tour.
b) If your booking is for less than the minimum for either half or full day trip, check to see if we have achieved the minimum or, we can reserve spaces, whilst we await further bookings.
8 to 12 persons
Half day: 4.5 hours Full day: 8.5 hours
Shorter tour is 3.5 hours. See times below.
Half day: Approx. 3 – 5 km (1.8 – 3 miles)
Full day: Approx. 9 kms (5.5 miles)
Half day: Well formed gravel tracks – easy walk with steps and short stretches of beach.
Full day: Morning - as above. Afternoon - forest trail, some mud, tree roots.
Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
8.30 am to 1.00 pm or 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm
Apr & Sept
8.30 am to 12.45 pm or 12.30 pm to 4.45 pm
May, Jun, July, Aug
9.00 am to 1.00 pm or 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm
Shorter Tour 3.5 hours - All year round
9.00 am to 12.30 pm or 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm
Important: During high or off-season, subject to prior booking, numbers and our availability, we may be able to operate tours to fit in with flight/ferry arrival and departures.
Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
8.30 am to 5.00 pm
Apr & Sept
8.30 am to 4.30 pm
May, Jun, July, Aug
9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Important: During high or off-season, subject to prior booking and numbers, we can operate shorter tours or tours to fit in with flight/ferry arrival and departures.
Golden Bay Wharf
Half day: Reasonable fitness Full day: Good fitness
Departs daily subject to demand.
Prior bookings recommended.