Rakiura National Park

Rakiura National Park

Rakiura National Park encompasses a large area of Stewart Island, including some rivers and adjoining Islands, as well as the large majority of Ulva Island. 

On 28th February 2002, approximately 83% of Stewart Island became New Zealand's 14th National Park.

Marine Reserve

In June 2004, a small marine reserve was established in Paterson Inlet and around almost half of Ulva Island's coastline. 


A variety of conservation projects are carried out in Stewart Island. These include:

  • Possum control
  • Removal of pest plant species
  • Bird monitoring including kiwi and southern New Zealand dotterel
  • Predator-control on Ulva Island
  • Maintaining tracks and facilities