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Ulva Island (Te Wharawhara)

Predator-free paradise for birds

New Zealand Robin

Only a 10-minute boat ride from Golden Bay Wharf, Ulva Island / Te Wharawhara is a predator-free bird sanctuary bristling with birdsong.

There are a number of tracks from Post Office Bay, where visitors are dropped off. Keep your eye out for tieke (South Island Saddlebacks), which have been released on the island.

Hop on a Rakiura Charters taxi-boat ($25 return) and pick up an Ulva: Self-Guided Tour pamphlet at the Post Office Bay jetty. Or better yet, learn it all with Ulva’s Guided Walks.

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Ulva Island

Attractions for Kids

Island Escapes

Short Walks

Stewart Island & Rakiura NP


Dayhikers' South Island Itinerary

Daywalks Trip in the South (2 weeks)

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by bgwashburn