Welcome to Ulva's Guided Walks on Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary,
Stewart Island, New Zealand
Explore Ulva Island with Ulva's Guided Walks. One of the original bird watching companies on Stewart Island, Ulva's Guided Walks was established by Ulva Goodwillie in 2000, fulfilling a need for visitors to have a guide show them around Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary.
Ulva Goodwillie was named after Ulva Island and is a direct descendant of the first Maori peoples of Stewart Island. She and her team of local guides are passionate and knowledgeable about this special place. Join them for a unique experience, learning about native flora and fauna, from a Maori and local Stewart Island perspective.
Ulva's Guided Walks offer a range of bird watching and botanical experiences for you to enjoy, from a half day amble to a full day (or two days!) serious bird watching.
We share Ulva Island with all kinds of amazing birds, wildlife and plants. A beautiful botanical forested garden alive with birdsong. So, it's all about discovering - the unique, rare and endangered birds and plants at close quarters. Exquisite seasonal orchids, native and endemic birdlife that will come too close for your camera lens.
Visit our guided walks page to find out more or use our live booking system if you're ready to book!
Note: 72hrs prior notice is essential.
Ulva Island was honoured and privileged to host Prince Harry on Sunday afternoon, 10th May 2015.
"It's a beautiful place, it really is."
"Prince Harry visits New Zealand's conservation 'jewel' " was one of many media headlines. This one went on to say 'barely a minute after stepping on to Ulva Island he was greeted by a weka.'Our weather was kind for Prince Harry. Usually we can have four seasons in one hour, let alone a day, but for all the time he was on Stewart Island, we had lovely, calm, warm weather. For two days prior we had rain - so the Ulva Island forest was showered and shiny for his arrival. Apparently, Stewart Island was the only dry place in his whole New Zealand tour!!Hosted by Ulva Island Charitable Trust and Stewart Island Department of Conservation, Prince Harry had clearly done his homework and knew the rare and endangered birdlife of this stunning area of the world. Although he didn't get to see his bucket list kiwi which are diurnal (as opposed to nocturnal) on Ulva Island, he chatted easily with Ulva's Guided Walks birding guides and office staff.
Much has been written in the media about Prince Harry's visit to Ulva Island, but this one below was exceptional:
"...famously lively modern prince ventures on to one of the nation's liveliest islands. Said it before and we'll say it again; Ulva Island almost literally cries out to be more famous. Just a 10 minute trip from Stewart Island, it's alive with birdsong and experiences that are memorable for even the most outdoorsy New Zealander, let along anyone from a more urban country. Rare and endangered birds abound. They're not contained in cages. Nor are they only telescopically visible if you're quick enough. They're all around you."
Read more about Prince Harry's visit to Stewart Island and Ulva Island - Southland Times, 1st May 2015