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Adults: From $265
Children (12 & Under): From $150


3.5 hours


8.00am* (departure time can be changed to suit)
*Departure time may vary – dependent on water taxi.


August – May (except Christmas Day)

Group Size:

Ideally 2 – 8 people. If you are wanting an exclusive option please enquire at for rates and options.

NOTE: Due to water taxi availability, please call or email us to book this tour.


The best way to truly explore Ulva Island

You get to truly explore Ulva Island by Land and Sea. This tour includes a 1 hour scenic tour in a water taxi, where you get to see our majestic sea birds and often adorable marine life, all surrounding Ulva Island before being dropped off for a 2.5 hour guided walk on predator free Ulva Island.

Ulva island has an abundance of native, rare and endangered birdlife, bringing the podocarp forest alive with bird song.

The focus of this tour is to show our guests the wonders not just on Ulva Island but around it too.

Meet our guide at Golden Bay Wharf 10 minutes prior to departure time where we board a water taxi for the 1 hour scenic boat tour. After the scenic tour we will get dropped of onto Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary.

An experienced local guide will take you around this amazing island and not only tell you about the birdlife, flora, fauna you see but they will help you spy some of New Zealand’s rarer birds.

After your guided walk through ancient forest on Ulva Island we then board the water taxi back across Paterson Inlet to Golden Bay Wharf where the tour ends.

  • 1 hour scenic water taxi tour
  • Return water taxi fare between Stewart Island and Ulva Island
  • An experienced local guide for the duration of your tour
  • Department of Conservation concession fees
  • Bird watchers
  • Nature lovers
  • Botanists
  • Families, couples and singles

A moderate level of fitness is needed. Guests must be able to walk unassisted for 2.5 hours and be able to manage steps with very few hand rails, and beach walking.


  • Sooty Shearwater
  • Foveaux Shag
  • Pied Shag
  • Little Pied Shag
  • Spotted Shag
  • White Fronted Terns
  • White-capped Mollymawk
  • Buller’s Mollymawk
  • Salvin’s Mollymawk
  • Little Blue Penguin
  • Fiordland Crested Penguin
  • Yellow Eyed Penguin
  • Red-billed Gull
  • Black Backed Gull
  • Variable Oyster Catcher


  • Bellbird – Korimako
  • Brown Creeper – Pipipi
  • Fantail – Piwakawaka
  • Grey Warbler – Riroriro
  • Morepork – Ruru
  • Red and Yellow-crowned Parakeet – Kakariki
  • South Island Kaka
  • South Island Saddleback – Tieke
  • South Island Tomtit – Ngirungiru
  • Stewart Island Robin – Kakariwai
  • Stewart Island Weka
  • Rifleman – Titipounamu
  • Wood Pigeon – Kereru
  • Yellowhead – Mohua
  • Tui

If you are extremely lucky you may see a Kiwi – Tokoeka

Bottlenose Dolphins and NZ Sea Lions (formally Hooker Sealion) may also be sighted.

Rimu, Totara, Miro, Southern Rata, and Kamahi are the trees which make up the Ulva Island forest canopy.

Add these to your holiday too...

Ulva Island Guided Walk

Join one of Beaks & Feather’s experienced local guides on a highly engaging 3.5 hour guided walk around the amazing predator free Ulva Island. With abundance of native, rare and endangered birdlife, bringing the primeval podocarp forest alive with bird song.


Kiwi Spotting
Cover of Darkness

Come join us and you may just get to spy one of New Zealand’s absolute treasures in its natural habitat, the Southern Brown Kiwi. Beaks & Feathers have exclusive access to private land where the kiwi comes out to forage under the cover of darkness.


Port William / Maori Beach
Guided Hike

One of the most popular coastal and native bush half day hikes on Stewart Island. Where you will water taxi to Port William before disembarking and hiking to Maori beach. Explore Lee Bay via Little River, a stunning tidal river mouth, overhanging with Rata trees.


Interest in an EXCLUSIVE tour?

Enjoy an exclusive tour where it is just the two of you or maybe an adventure with only your friends and family. Whether your want to explore Ulva Island, Ulva by Land & Sea, Port William/Maori Beach, go Kiwi Spotting or one of the many other great walks around Stewart Island, you will be looked after by our knowledgeable and experienced local guides.

Call us on 027 316 3077 or email us now.

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