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Ride a catamaran to Paterson Inlet and take a 45-minute 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 2.5-hour 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.

Highlights

  • 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 You Can 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 45-minute 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 an 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.

Customer Reviews

Henry W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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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