Stewart Island

Ulva Island

Ulva Island Birdlife
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Ulva Island Birdlife

Ulva Island (Te Wharawhara) is a predator-free open island sanctuary in Paterson Inlet - one of the few pest-free sanctuaries in New Zealand. The island is home to dozens of native species of flora and fauna, including many rare and endangered birds such as the South Island Saddleback, Yellowhead, Rifleman, Stewart Island Robin, and Stewart Island Brown Kiwi.

The island is an absolute must-do for visitors to Stewart Island. The environment is mostly unchanged by human activity - never milled and pest-free since 1997 - giving threatened native species a safe haven in which to flourish and offering an unspoiled glimpse into New Zealand’s ancient past.

Accessible to the general public, the island’s well-maintained tracks offer easy walking for the whole family and provide the opportunity to enjoy the plentiful birdlife and lovely scenery at close quarters.

Ulva Island is accessible by water taxi and many operators offer guided tours to enhance your experience.