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'Sails' Ulva Island Discovery

Red Crowned Parrakeet

Autumn Orchids

Kaka

Spider Orchids

Boulder Beach

Ulva Island is an absolute “Must Do” 

Ulva Island Discovery Tour

The Island is part of Rakiura National Park and now free of introduced animals and is fast becoming a glimpse into New Zealand’s ancient past. Several species of threatened birds have been reintroduced to this open sanctuary and are doing very well. In addition the forest is flourishing without the influence of rats and deer. The orchids are particularly impressive during their flowering seasons

Party size is small ( generally 6 or less) as we firmly believe larger parties seriously degrades the experience, Your guides will be either Peter or Iris, sometimes we will both guide.

 

Ulva Island Discovery Tour

 

Peters duties as Forest Ranger many years ago included overseeing and managing Ulva Island. He was involved with some projects that are now an integral part of Ulva Island management. Our guided walks and commentary explains these and also subsequent projects that have resulted in the Ulva Island we now enjoy.

Iris’s long involvement was recognised when she was appointed a foundation Trustee of Ulva Island.t for access allows us to time our visits to take advantage of weather windows if conditions are boisterous. It also gives us the flexibility to avoid times when the Island may be busy with other visitors

Using our own boat for access allows us to time our visits to take advantage of weather windows if conditions are boisterous. It also gives us the flexibility to avoid times when the Island may be busy with other visitors

And it isn’t strenuous

Our standard tour is around 4 hrs and includes all transfers, DoC Fees & etc.
Tours can start early morning or late afternoon when the birds are at their best And if you’d like longer on the Island we can arrange for you to stay on and be picked up later.Ulva Island Discovery Tour

You will need walking shoes or sneakers, warmish clothes…. layers are best as much of the walk is under heavy forest canopy… and a coat is a good idea. This can be left on the boat if wished.

And please make sure your camera batteries are charged. We discover a flat battery in the party at least once a week.

Generally we have a two person minimum numbers policy, but if you are staying at either Sails Ashore or Kowhai Lane as a single we waive this requirement.

We are happy to offer exclusive and customised tours,

There are lots of opportunities for photographs of both birds and the forest.
While our “Sails” Guided Ulva Island Experience is packaged with “Sails Ashore” and “Kowhai Lane” accommodation we also welcome casual bookings, and the tariff includes transfers at start and end of tour.   Please inquire for package specials 

 

Tariff If paid in full on booking  is $150 per person,  otherwise $160 per person. Children under 14 half price This includes transfers to and from your accommodation or the village.  take our road tour as well and we’ll take $15 off the normal tariff for that.
Ulva Island Discovery Tour

 

 

We are happy to assist disabled guests including those restricted to wheel-chairs. enjoy the magic of Ulva,  If necessary we will take an extra guide to assist.

*  Please note … minimum party size is 2 guests, however this requirement is waived if you are staying at either Sails Ashore or Kowhai Lane. If you are a single please check with us as we probably have a party you can join. 


Indigena (February 2009)
I was asked to write an article on Ulva Island for Indigena Magazine, the quarterly journal of the Indigenous Forest Section of NZ Farm Forestry Association. This was something of a surprise and also a request I was honoured to meet

Contact information

Sails Tours
11 View Street,
Stewart Island, 9846
NEW ZEALAND

Phone   +64 3 2191151
Toll Free:   0800 783 9278 (NZ Only)