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Ulva Island Explorer from Stewart Island

Stewart Island, New Zealand

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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
  • Opt to receive a boxed lunch on board
  • Small-group tour ensures personalized attention

What's Included

  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Catamaran cruise and island tour
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Picnic lunch (must contact operator directly after booking to purchase)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Stewart Island 9818, New Zealand
    Please check in 20 minutes prior to departure.

Return Details

  • Returns to original departure point

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Operated by RealNZ

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Ulva Island Explorer from Stewart Island?

A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ulva Island Explorer from Stewart Island?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Wonderful experience.
rushrattan, Feb 2020
Loved Ulva Island such a pretty place to visit, our guide was great very informative and super friendly. A must do while on Stewart Island.
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Gwyneth_R, May 2019
Wonderful guided tour of the island bird sanctuary which my husband who uses a walking stick managed to do.
This cruise took us a short way from...
Henry W, 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.
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