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Ulva's Guided Walks

20 Main Road, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
+64 3-219 1216
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If you want to learn everything you can about ULVA Island this beautiful Moari woman should be your guide

Without Ulva's knowledge I would have missed so much of the natural beauties of Ulva Island. Ulva... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
Fred B
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Laguna Niguel, California
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Matt Jones took us on a guided tour of the island. He was amazing. he knows his birds and where and... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
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Ulva Island is located on Stewart Island,New Zealand. A predator-free and picturesque island, it is an environmental treasure. Rare, endangered, endemic and native birds abound - it is also a botanist's dream in a pristine primeval forest environment. Ulva's Guided Walks is the Ulva Island specialist natural history guiding team that provides visitors with truly memorable experiences in this unique forest sanctuary. We provide personalised and small group experiences - and absolutely guarantee that you will love our southern-most bird sanctuary in the world!
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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20 Main Road, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Without Ulva's knowledge I would have missed so much of the natural beauties of Ulva Island. Ulva was a walking encyclopedia of the bird and plant life of Ulva Island.

Thank Fred B
Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

You are very kind, and I'm appreciative of your lovely comments. I must not have given you an exam at the end of our half day tour :) Safe travelling, Ulva Goodwillie, Ulva's Guided Walks, Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary.

Reviewed 21 March 2017

Matt Jones took us on a guided tour of the island. He was amazing. he knows his birds and where and how to find them. I don't think we missed anything. he was informative about the palnts as well but his knowledge and understanding of...More

1  Thank filligirl
Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2017

Thank you so much for your great feedback; I've sent your comments on to Matt Jones, birding guide extraordinaire and wildlife photographer (www.mattjoneswildlifeimages.com) as well as Matt Atkins, owner/skipper of Rakiura Charters watertaxi & pelagic seabirding tours (www.rakiuracharters.co.nz) We are very fortunate to have these...More

Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

This was one of my top experiences on my tour of New Zealand. My husband and I took the afternoon Half Day Bird and Botany Guided Walk on Ulva Island. I was thrilled to have Ulva Goodwillie as our guide as she is definitely one...More

1  Thank Thrumyi
Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2017

Wow! You have been extremely kind with your comments, thank you so much. It is an absolute privilege to be able to 'work' in pristine surroundings such as Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary and to show it off to wonderful people like yourselves. Please return :)...More

Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Ulva Island was colonized by the Maori a few centuries ago. Ulva Goodwillie, our guide, was named after the island. She visits it frequently and even wrote a guide about it's wildlife. A watertaxi took us to the island within 7 minutes. The island has...More

1  Thank jhelmich
Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review... Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary is just so easy to 'sell' when we have days like we had. Remember to come back and visit us again. Best wishes, Ulva Goodwillie, Ulva's Guided Walks, Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary

Reviewed 24 February 2017

I can't say enough good things about the guided walks Ulva offers. Our group of 8 made it easy to see the birds and Ulva went out of her way to ensure we all got good looks. She is incredibly enthusiastic and really lives and...More

1  Thank birdgirl1954
Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2017

It's always lovely to receive such encouraging and positive feedback, thank you so much. It is incredibly easy to 'sell' Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary as the flora and fauna is quite unique to our region of New Zealand. We would love to see you again,...More

Reviewed 14 February 2017

Ulva has been guiding folks around Ulva Island for about 17 years now, and obviously she knows her stuff and loves the bird life of this very special place. It was a treat to spend an afternoon with her.More

1  Thank Judy P
Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words; it's always a pleasure to show Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary to such responsive and appreciative visitors like yourselves. The birdlife came out to see us, despite the weather.... Do hope the rest of your holiday weather improved!...More

Reviewed 13 February 2017

We went with Ulva as our guide. It was as if she had the birds choreographed to appear, (perhaps she did!). As well as the birds, highlights morepork, saddleback, rifleman and penguins Ulva identified trees, ferns and plants in a gentle but knowledgeable style. We...More

1  Thank Edward T
Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

We did have an outstanding day didn't we? I was so pleased that we were able to go through the bird list for you :) We are so privileged to be able to walk through ancient forest and love that you appreciate our unique diversity...More

Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Our tour to Ulva went off perfectly. The water taxi ride from Golden Bay felt safe and easy. Our guide, Matt, went out of his way to show us as many birds as possible (we saw all that we wanted with one exception but then...More

2  Thank unguidedmissal
Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback about Matt Jones. He is leading a birding group through NZ at the moment, but I'll pass your comments on to him. Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary is really beautiful isn't it? And always so much better when...More

Reviewed 28 January 2017

We went to Stewart Island primarily to go birding on Ulva Island. The weather proved wet and windy, and we were only able to get there once. Fortunately, the one day the water taxis were able to get out there, we were guided by the...More

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Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2017

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback, I'm sending your review on to Matt who is leading a 21 day birding tour through NZ at the moment. I remember him telling me about your day and would like you to know that - at...More

Reviewed 3 January 2017

Ulva Goodwillie of Ulva's Guided walks met us with genuine welcome for a 7 minute boat ride from Stewarts Island to Ulva Island. Our diverse group of 6 guests (one guest was an elderly man and Ulva adjusted the pace so both he and a...More

1  Thank travelfamily42015
Ulva G, Owner at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2017

I think you must be a writer....thank you SO much for your words. What a stunning reminder of another wonderful day on Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary. How we leave visitors feeling after our Ulva's Guided Walks half day guided experience - is the foundation of...More

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AnnamariaSplitwing
Can any of these guided tours be done on a day trip as this is all we could do as we wold not want to leave our camper van unattended for 2 days at Bluff, as much as we would love to do 2 days on Stewart island/Ulva
2 September 2016|
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Response from Ulva G | Property representative |
Hi - Ulva Goodwillie here from Ulva's Guided Walks. We can definitely arrange a half day trip to fit in with your transport requirements. Dependent on your afternoon departure time, we can fit in an early afternoon half... More
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