Island is situated within Paterson Inlet, an easy 8 minutes water
taxi ride from Golden Bay, Stewart Island. It has an area of approximately
269 ha, 3.5 km long and 1.5 km wide. Once the site of Stewart Island's
first Post Office established in 1872, it is now managed by the
Department of Conservation as part of Rakiura National Park.
forested island with easy walks, beautiful beaches and interesting
coves. During the 1990's, rats were removed from the Island to create
a safe haven for native birds and plants, and now the Island's ecology
nature sanctuary - a visit to Ulva Island is a must for anyone interested
in New Zealand birds and flora.
Island is one of the few places in New Zealand where you can view
near-pristine native podocarp forest including the majestic rimu,
miro and totara. There are also flowering southern rata and kamahi,
tree ferns, delicate ground ferns and mosses. A number of orchid
species are a delight to see, especially during the summer months.
(see News / Blogs regarding rat reinvasion
on Ulva Island)
rats were eradicated, five bird species have been released on Ulva
Island, the rare South Island saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus
curunculatus), the threatened Stewart Island robin (Petroica australis
rakiura), the rare yellowhead (Mohoua ochrocephala) and the rifleman
(Acanthisitta chloris chloris). The Stewart Island fernbird (Bowdleria
punctata stewartiana) was also released, but is thought not to have
survived on Ulva Island.
are few places in New Zealand like Ulva Island where a variety of
native birds can be viewed at such close range. We often hear kaka,
our native parrot calling their liquid honey notes, interspersed
with the bellbird's exquisite notes and the wonderfully varied calls
of the tui, with lime green parakeets flying amongst the tree tops.
South Island saddleback, yellowhead, robin, rifleman, red and yellow-crowned
parakeets, wood pigeon, weka (wood hen), tui, fantail, tomtit, grey
warbler, brown creeper and New Zealand wood pigeon, are amongst
several varieties of birds that are often sighted.
help to keep Ulva Island rat free by checking you packs before you
leave for the Island!
brilliant - probably the best guided trip we have had anywhere."
Philip & Brigid Jacob - Ireland