Ulva Island Explorer

Operated by: Stewart Island Experience
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95.00 (NZD)

Have fun in a 2.5 hour tour exploring the Ulva Island. The meeting point will be at the Stewart Island visitor terminal, Main pier to board a catamaran and sail along the Paterson coast to the Ulva Island where you will walk for 45 minutes to explore the place, during the walk your guide will experience will share information about place. At the end you will return to the same place you started aboard the catamaran.

  • Sail on a catamaran along the shores of Paterson.
  • Walk through the Ulva Island.
  • Meet the open bird sanctuary.

AVAILABILITY

October to April

DURATION

2.5 hours

START LOCATION

Stewart Island Visitor Terminal

END LOCATION

Stewart Island Visitor Terminal

TOUR LANGUAGE

English

Related places and things to do

Detailed Description

Enjoy a tour of Stewart Island, departing from the Stewart Island visitor terminal, Main Pier. Travel on a modern cruise, on a catamaran through the beautiful Paterson inlet and discover hidden coves and pristine beaches.

Along the way, you will learn about the early history of Maori and European settlements, including whaling. Your guide will share detailed information throughout the cruise and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have. While on board the cruise, you will have the opportunity to see seals, penguins and other wild animals, since sightings are very common.

Then you will arrive at the island of Ulva where you will disembark. There is the famous wildlife sanctuary, where you will enjoy a 45 minute guided tour with a specialized guide. You can admire rare plants and rich birds, including the curious weka, which are often seen on the beach.

After the walk, you will return to the cruise to enjoy the coastal landscape before returning to the main pier where you started the tour.

Ticket Price (NZD)
General (P/P) 95.00 (NZD)
Ulva Island Explorer includes:

- Cruise of Paterson Inlet.
- 45 minute guided walk on Ulva Island Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Onboard nature guide.

- Sturdy walking shoes/boots (up to approximately 2 hours walking on uneven and muddy tracks).
- Waterproof jacket.
- Warm sweater/fleece jacket.
- Insect repellent.
- Camera (although no flash photography is allowed around the kiwi).
- Picnic Lunch, price: Adult $18.00 NZD, Children $18.00 NZD (1 November 2016 to 30 September 2018).

In case of cancellation or modification of your reservation, refunds will only be granted when Real Journeys receives a notification at least 5 days before (New Zealand time) on the date of arrival.

  1. Is Stewart Island worthwhile for a day trip?

    Yes, there are many activities you can fit into one day on Stewart Island. Ask our reservations team for suggested itineraries.

  2. What time do we need to check in?

    For visitors traveling on the Stewart Island Ferry Service, you are required to check in 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time (to allow for luggage loading, etc). The check-in and boarding gates are closed 10 minutes prior to scheduled ferry departure. For all our cruises and tours, check in is required 20 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.

  3. What happens if there is an emergency?

    Our staff is trained to deal with incidents and in case of an emergency, you should listen to their instructions.

    We have a portable defibrillator on board each of our overnight cruise vessels (Milford Mariner, Milford Wanderer, and Fiordland Navigator).

    In addition to this we also have portable defibrillators at the following locations:
    - Milford Sound Visitor Terminal.
    - Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Manapouri.
    - Cavern House (Te Anau Glowworm Caves).
    - Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, Walter Peak.
    - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship.
    - Stewart Island Ferry (Bluff - Oban - Bluff).

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