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Ulva's Guided Walks

Ulva Island | Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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Owner description: Ulva Island is located on Stewart Island,New Zealand. A predator-free and picturesque island, it...
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Owner description: Ulva Island is located on Stewart Island,New Zealand. A predator-free and picturesque island, it is an environmental treasure. Rare, endangered, endemic and native birds abound - it is also a botanist's dream in a pristine primeval forest environment. Ulva's Guided Walks is the Ulva Island specialist natural history guiding team that provides visitors with truly memorable experiences in this unique forest sanctuary. We provide personalised and small group experiences - and absolutely guarantee that you will love our southern-most bird sanctuary in the world!

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Lewes, Delaware
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

it was great. Matt Jones the guide was extremely knowledgable about the birds, their calls, the floura and Fauna..He is personalable and will help you see what you want to. We saw 17 different kinds of land birds and seabirds as well as seals, and a penquin. It is a trip well worth the cost especially with Matt Jones. It... More 

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Drachten, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We enjoyed the Ulva Island excursion & cruise for a Birding Bonanza which was absolutely unforgettable. In the morning we left with a boat to Ulva Island to explore the Islands wildlife and we’ve seen it all. The Stewart Island Weka, South Island Saddleback, Tomtit, Stewart Island Robin, Tui, Kaka, Parakeets, Bellbirds, Yellowheads and lots more. We even saw a... More 

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Kent, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Ulva's birding Bonanza This was a truly wonderful day. We were met by Ulva (named after the island) at Golden Bay wharf and she brought our pre ordered picnic lunch with her. We were ferried over to Ulva Island and started our bird tour. Ulva is an amazing lady and kept us enthralled with her vast knowledge of birds and... More 

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Spratton, Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Our trip with Ulva to the island was such a treat. Her knowledge is incredible and she brought the vist to life. We saw and heard almost every bird on the island. We were shown many orchids and other native plants. This is one trip everyone visiting Stewart Island should do.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We recently went with Ulva Goodwillie on a guided walk on Ulva Island, and she was terrific! We saw so many birds! She answered all our questions about plants, too, and showed us penguin tracks on the beach. We felt very happy with our walk and would highly recommend her.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We saw amazing bird life on Ulva Island. The walkways are well maintained and flat all the way round. We highly recommend this visit

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Fantastic guided walk around a beautiful place. Our guide knew everything! Highly recommend it to anyone visiting Stewart island!

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

The walking tour was a delight, not just because we saw birds in the bush but because Ulva shared her love and passion for it all. Ulva engaged with us in a warm and friendly manner. The pace was easy and access no difficulty. This was the highlight of our time visiting Stewart Island.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We had a gentle stroll around the island of Ulva in the company of Sandy our guide and 2 other couples. We saw lots of native birds including saddleback and yellow-head that we didn't see elsewhere on our travels, lots of confiding robins, weka on the beach and a sealion. But the whole ferny, mossy forest is just magical and... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The trip to Ulva Island, accompanied by Ulva Goodwillie herself, was a highlight of our New Zealand holiday. Named after the island, and descended from the Maori first settlers in this country, Ulva brings alive this haven for endangered native birds and plants, with her passion and her willingness to share her enthusiasms. For half a day we criss-crossed the... More 

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