Ride a catamaran to Paterson Inlet and take a guided walk at Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary. Your cruise showcases hidden coves and unspoiled beaches with informative commentary. Keep an eye out for fur seals and penguins, then learn about native birdlife and plants that flourish in the predator-free environment of Ulva Island. This tour departs Stewart Island in the afternoon, with the option to include a boxed lunch on board. Numbers are limited, for a small-group experience.
Catamaran cruise and Ulva Island walking tour
Sail to Paterson Inlet and Prices Inlet from Stewart Island
Follow a guide on foot to explore the native bird sanctuary
Board a modern catamaran at the Stewart Island Ferry Terminal for a leisurely cruise around Paterson Inlet. Your guide narrates the stunning scenery and shares fascinating tales about early European settlement and Maori history. Sail past landmarks to hidden coves and beaches, and visit the historical whaler’s base at Prices Inlet. Keep a lookout for penguins and New Zealand fur seals that inhabit the waters around Stewart Island. On arrival at the renowned Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary, embark on an easy walk with a local expert as your guide. Home to bush robins, rare saddlebacks, and yellowheads, among other bird species, this wildlife preserve offers a rare glimpse of endemic and endangered species. Encountering inquisitive weka (native woodhen) on the beach is a regular highlight! Discover protected habitat for some of New Zealand’s rarest plant species before re-boarding your vessel for the return trip around Paterson Inlet back to Stewart Island.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Feb 2016
This cruise took us a short way from the main areas of the island and over to The island of Ulva where we had a guided walking tour from a knowledgeable guide. We saw a number of different habitats and birds.