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Ulva Island Explorer Tour departing from Stewart Island - RealNZ

If you appreciate bird life and nature then this fully guided tour is for you. Since the eradication of rats, Ulva Island has offered a predator-free home for the birds and plant life.


  • Voyage out to Ulva Island, departing from Oban
  • Knowledgable and informative friendly guides
  • Excellent bird watching oppurtunitues
  • Learn about the nature and history
  • Slow guided walk through the forest

Ulva Island is part of the Rakiura National Park and covers an approximate 269 hectares. Since the eradication of rats, Ulva Island has offered a predator-free environment for the birds and plant life.

The bird life on Ulva Island and Stewart Island is of exceptional interest, not only because of the presence of high profile species such as weka, wood pigeon, Stewart Island Robin and kaka, but also because Stewart Island and its small outliers provide a refuge for a range of less well-known birds, among them the NZ dotterel, South Island saddleback, Rifleman, Oystercatcher and the red and yellow-crowned parakeet.

Your two and a half hour trip is hosted by our knowledgeable and passionate local guides.


  • Depart from Oban
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise
  • Stroll through the lush native forest
Adult $99.00 (Aged 16+)
Child $30.00 (Aged 5-15 years)
Infant $0.00 (Aged 0-4 years)

What's included

  • Your national park fees are included
  • Tea and coffee complimentary on the boat


  • Departs: Stewart Island Ferry Terminal, Steward Island

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Check In: Please check in a minimum of 30 minutes prior to departure.

  • Please advise in advance if you are travelling with an infant.

Available Bookings from August 19 to August 25

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Fri 19 Aug
Sat 20 Aug
Sun 21 Aug
Mon 22 Aug
Tue 23 Aug
Wed 24 Aug
Thu 25 Aug

  • Adult$99.00
  • Child$30.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult$99.00
  • Child$30.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult$99.00
  • Child$30.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult$99.00
  • Child$30.00
  • Infant Free

10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

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Adult Aged 16+

    Child Aged 5-15 years

      Infant Aged 0-4 years

        *This option must be made together with another price type.

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