Ulva Island Freedom Walk

We offer convenient, on demand water taxi trips to the world’s southern-most open bird sanctuary, with no strict schedules; go your way…

  • Ulva Island/ Te Wharawhara combines native bush, picturesque sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and around 4.5 kilometres of easy walking track.
  • Declared pest-free in 1997, Ulva Island provides habitat where rare plants and endangered birds are allowed to thrive: unique opportunity to spot Stewart Island robin, kakariki, saddleback, mohua (yellowhead), and, if you’re lucky, Stewart Island Brown Kiwi (Tokoeka).
  • Enjoy full commentary on the short, scenic trip across Paterson Inlet and the Ulva Island Marine Reserve.
  • Typically, a 2 to 4 hour visit with a flexible pick-up time can be arranged to suit.
  • A self-guide booklet “Explore an Island Paradise – Ulva Island” is available from our Booking Office (Main Rd) for a $2 donation to the Ulva Island Charitable Trust.
  • Enjoy this service as a freedom walker, or check out our Ulva Island Guided Walk options
  • Departures available from Halfmoon Bay, bookings essential. Contact Us to make a booking.

What to bring

  • Warm, comfortable clothing and footwear
  • Binoculars
  • Personal water bottle


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Stewart Island


Rakiura Charters
PO Box 112
Halfmoon Bay
Stewart Island
New Zealand

Booking Office
10 Main Road
Halfmoon Bay
Stewart Island
E: info@rakiuracharters.co.nz


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