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Stewart Island, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

As part of our stay on Stewart Island we took the short ferry crossing over to Ulva Island. It was magical and well worth the water taxi fare. We just followed the 2$ guide book and in 4 hours you can comfortably walk the island....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With talkative 7 and 9 year old kids not keen on a long walk we still saw (and heard mohua) all the diurnal birds on Ulva Island. Cheap to get to and easy to walk around. Great spot for a picnic on the beach. Bonus...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Wanpela
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic asset to New Zealand. Predator free & the native wild life are so friendly. We divided our group of 8 into 3 smaller groups & 2x Kiwi came scurrying out between us during the day. Totally awesome sight.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Gary V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ulva Island is heavily promoted on Stewart Island as a must see destination. The boat trip over is short. the paths and wharf area are all high quality but we saw few birds - just Oyster catchers and a friendly weka who came to visit...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank HeatherLamont
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to see how this part of the world was 10 million years ago, go to Ulva. It’s beautiful, green and full of natural sights and sounds. Loads of birds. Excellent walking tracks and well signposted. Three hours is enough to see most...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guided tour of predator-free Ulva Island with Ange, of Beaks and Feathers, was a treasured experience! It was well worth our early rise to get underway at 7am. Seeing endangered birds in their natural habitat and learning about the vegetation on this relatively untouched...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sharon C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everyone says 'you must go to Ulva Island'. 'Everyone' is absolutely right! If you pay attention as you walk, you will find robins coming down to peck away at the path around your feet; weka will potter by, on a mission to check you out.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank andreajnz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went over to Ulva Island on the ferry (NZ$10 RT) and spent most of the day walking the trails. We saw so many of New Zealand’s native birds...Tui, Stewart Island Robin, Little Shag, Red-crowned Parakeet, Fantail, Weka, Kaka...and the native plants are ah-mazing! If...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dianesK8418RK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went with the guidebook and no guide. Great way to see everything but in your own time. We were advised to go slowly and saw almost all the birds in the book, including having birds walk into our shoes. Well worth the cost of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BigMac18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a half day morning trip to Ulva Island with Ruggedy Range and it was so informative and unforgettable. We traveled across before 9am which meant we were able to start to explore the island before the noisy masses arrived. In the peace and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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March 2, 2018|
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Response from 472jana | Reviewed this property |
Yes if the ferry is going you should go.
Shelley H
May 7, 2017|
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Response from Anne H | Reviewed this property |
Costs $20-25 round trip--there's a boat with set times ($20), or for $25 you can set your times.
September 5, 2016|
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Response from DDFA | Reviewed this property |
You could also try "Beaks and feathers". For the the Ulva Island trip, she was a lovely guide and we saw really interesting birds and learned a lot about the flora on the island also. It was a small group size (4 of us) as... More
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My girlfriend and I have a nice, fully-compliant campervan for two week trip in early-January. Arrival Auckland early on day 1, depart Queenstown early on day 15. I don't mind driving at all. We love birding, hiking, tranquil beautiful spots to camp, and the occasional good cup of coffee. I know just south island would be more manageable, but we really want to see the volcanic zone, so I'll suck up some extra miles on the road. Places/things I really want to see: caldera/volcano area...More
August 12, 2010|
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Hi NYCPlanner 71 Here is a suggested route Day 1: Arrive Auckland – get van and find place in Auckland to rest, relax and get over worst of Jet Lag (please do not do more than that otherwise you could potentially end up as one of the road statistics that happen every year when people start driving long distances after a long haul flight). Day 2: Head south – do the Wiatomo Caves and then head to Rotarura – explore and stay over night Day 3: Do Tongararo crossing Day 4: Head to...More
Collinsville, Illinois
Which route for November journey? (4 Replies)
We arrive Christchurch 30 October. I'm needing help in finalizing a driving route for our 20-day SI journey. We depart Christchurch November 18. Here are the places and activities on our "must see/do" list: Sea kayak in ATNP Bird Ulva Island Drive Arthur's Pass (possibly just to the pass from CC, return CC) Cruise Milford Sound Mt. Cook - hike Hooker Valley Track; Glacier Explorers boat ride Wanaka - hike Rob Roy Track, Mt. Iron Track and Outlet Track Queenstown - nothing in...More
August 20, 2016|
Response fromzhuhai2007|
Welcome to the SI Forum. Arthurs Pass is definitely the problem. The SI topography lends itself to loops, with 20 days plenty for a complete loop similar to your Option A. The problem with Option B is the backtracking on SH 8 through the central SI at the expensive of the West Coast. Let's see what a day-by-day Option A would look like: 1. Arr Chch (2N) 2. Arthurs Pass day trip 3. Drive to Kaikoura 4. Drive to Nelson (2N) 5. Explore ATNP 6. Drive to Punakaiki 7. Drive to Franz Josef...More
Are bookings essential? (5 Replies)
Hi all We are leaving next week for New Zealand South Island for a trip that will last for a little over 3 weeks. Our itinerary is set but we would like to do some tours while we are there. On our most stopovers we will stay 1 or 2 nights. We will fly back home before the big holiday season starts (December 20th). We are 3 adults on the trip. I am wondering if you think it is essential to pre book the following tours now, or wait till we are there and just show up (or book the day or...More
November 19, 2018|
Response fromQTN25|
My question would be; if you know you want to do these things, why would you not book ahead and risk on missing out? I'd be booking the heli hike, Ulva Island, Onsen Hot Pools, Scenic Flight and Kaikoura cruises. Some of the others you can probably get away with if you're flexible on timings.