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Adults: From $155
Children (12 & Under): From $90


3.5 hours


8.45am and 1.00pm (additional times may be available)


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.


An island full of amazing birdlife

Come join one of our experienced local guides on a highly engaging 3.5 hour guided walk on predator free Ulva Island. Ulva island has an abundance of native, rare and endangered birdlife, bringing the primeval podocarp forest alive with bird song.

Wind your way through the ancient forest on a well maintained gravel walking track at a leisurely pace. The focus being to show you the wonders of the amazing birdlife on Ulva Island so you can enjoy it as much as we do.

Meet our guide at Golden Bay Wharf 10 minutes prior to departure time where we board a water taxi for the 7-minute ride across Paterson Inlet to 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.

  • Return water taxi fare between Stewart Island and Ulva Island
  • One of our experienced local guides for the duration of your tour
  • Department of Conservation concession fees
  • Bird watchers
  • Nature lovers
  • Botanists
  • Families, couples and singles

A moderate level of fitmess is needed. Guests must be able to walk unassisted for 3.5 hours and be able to manage steps with very few hand rails, and beach walking.

  • 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

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

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Ulva by Land &
Sea Guided Tour

This tour includes a 1 hour scenic tour in a comfortable water taxi to experience the sea birds and marine life surrounding Ulva Island before being dropped off for a 2.5 hour guided walk on predator free Ulva Island, where the forest comes 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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