Ulva's Guided Walks - Stewart Island

Explore Ulva Island with Ulva's Guided Walks on Stewart Island, New Zealand. 


Ulva's Guided Walks was named by the owner, Ulva Goodwillie - who just happens to be named after the Island. Ulva is a direct descendant of the first Maori peoples of Stewart Island and is passionate and knowledgeable about the place she calls home. Ulva and her team of specialist birding and natural history guides will provide you with a unique experience, learning about native flora and fauna from a Maori and local Stewart Island perspective. 


Guided tour options:


Beautiful Birding & Botany: half day guided walk on Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary 

We share Ulva Island with all kinds of amazing birds, wildlife and plants - discover the unique, rare and endangered birds and plants at close quarters. Exquisite seasonal orchids, native and endemic birdlife that will come too close for your camera lens. Our gentle amble will lead you through beautiful botanical forest alive with birdsong.

  • Duration: We walk for 3.5 hours, including steps, beach walking and transfer between wharf and boat so some agility is required.


Kiwi spotting: evening tour at Mamaku Point Conservation Reserve

The evening begins well after sunset for a pre-tour briefing on etiquette when viewing kiwi in the wild. Drive to Stewart Island’s Mamaku Point Conservation Reserve, where Ulva’s Guided Walks has exclusive rights to operate kiwi spotting tours. Enter the reserve via a simple quarantine enclosure to begin the search for Stewart Island Brown Kiwi (Tokoeka) in its natural environment. Terrain includes walking on muddy/wet tracks, native bush, very uneven ground, some gradients and sandy beach. Tour takes place in the dark!

  • Duration 2-3 hours. Departure time changes monthly according to sunset.
  • Courtesy transfer to accommodation when tour ends.
  • A good level of fitness and agility is essential. Not suitable for children or clients with walking sticks/frames or wheelchairs. 




Ulva’s Guided Walks 

Stewart Island


Postal address:

Stewart and Ulva Islands Guiding Limited

P.O. Box 7218

Christchurch 8240



Phone: +64 27 688 1332 




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