Ulva Island Freedom Walk

We offer convenient, on demand water taxi trips to Ulva Island/ Te Wharawhara, the world’s southern-most open bird sanctuary, with no strict schedules. Go your way…

  • The island combines native bush, picturesque sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and around 4.5 kilometres of easy walking track.
  • Declared pest-free in 1997, Ulva is a habitat where rare plants and endangered birds thrive. It’s a unique opportunity to spot Stewart Island robin, kakariki, saddleback, and mohua (yellowhead) among others. If you’re lucky, you might spot a Stewart Island Brown Kiwi (Tokoeka).
  • Enjoy full commentary on the short, scenic trip from Golden Bay, 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” 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 Guided Walk options.
  • Departures from Halfmoon Bay are possible for larger groups, bookings essential. Contact us to make a booking.

What to bring to Ulva Island

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

Ulva Island


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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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