"Sails" Ulva Island sanctuary Discovery. Guided walks and tours of Ulva Island Stewart Island.
Ulva Island is a
magical place, best savoured in peace and at a relaxed pace.....
Not for us the rush and bustle, nor as part of a crowd....
usually never more than 6 per guide.
And we’ve been here for a while......
40 + years as Forest Ranger, commercial fishers
and now as Dept of Conservation concessioned guides..
We’ll explain the history, flora and fauna, and what
Island life is like....
and how it all melds into the magic that is Rakiura.
Ulva Island is an absolute "Must Do" for
visitors to Stewart Island. The Island is now free of introduced
animals and is fast becoming a glimpse into New Zealand's
ancient past. Several species of threatened birds have been
reintroduced to this open sanctuary and are doing very well. In
addition the forest is flourishing without the influence of rats
and deer. The orchids are particularly impressive during their
Party size is small ( generally 6 or less) as we firmly believe
larger parties seriously degrades the experience, Your guides
will be either Peter or Iris, sometimes we will both guide.
Peters duties as Forest Ranger many years ago included
overseeing and managing Ulva Island. He was involved with some
projects that are now an integral part of Ulva Island
management. Our guided walks and commentary explains these and
also subsequent projects that have resulted in the Ulva Island
we now enjoy.
Iris's long involvement was recognised when she was appointed a
foundation Trustee of Ulva Island.
Using our own boat for access allows us to time our
visits to take advantage of weather windows if conditions
are boisterous. It also gives us the flexibility to avoid
times when the Island may be busy with other visitors
Our standard tour is around 4 hrs and includes all transfers,
DoC Fees & etc.
Tours can start early morning or late afternoon when the birds
are at their best And if you'd like longer on the Island we can
arrange for you to stay on and be picked up later.
You will need walking shoes or sneakers, warmish clothes....
layers are best as much of the walk is under heavy forest
canopy... and a coat is a good idea. This can be left on the
boat if wished.
And please make sure your camera batteries are charged. We
discover a flat battery in the party at least once a week.
And it isn't strenuous
While our "Sails" Guided Ulva Island Experience
is packaged with "Sails Ashore" and "Kowhai Lane" accommodation
we also welcome casual bookings, and the tariff includes
transfers at start and end of tour.
* Please note ...
minimum party size is 2 guests, however
this requirement is waived if you are staying at either Sails
Ashore or Kowhai Lane. If you are a single please check with us
as we probably have a party you can join.
Please enquire for package specials
Generally we have a two person
minimum numbers policy, but if you are staying at
either Sails Ashore or Kowhai Lane as a single we waive this
We are happy to offer exclusive
and customised tours,
Generally we have a two person minimum numbers policy,
but if you are staying at either Sails Ashore or Kowhai Lane as
a single we waive this requirement.
We are happy to offer exclusive and customised tours,
There are lots of opportunities for photographs
of both birds and the forest.
We are happy to assist disabled guests including those
restricted to wheel-chairs. enjoy the magic of Ulva, If
necessary we will take an extra guide to assist.
Indigena (February 2009) Recently I was asked to
write an article on Ulva Island for Indigena Magazine, the
quarterly journal of the Indigenous Forest Section of NZ Farm
Forestry Association. This was something of a surprise and also
a request I was honoured to meet.
Take advantage of digital to disc copy service.
Standard cost $10 per disc.
"Sails" clients en
If paid in full on booking our tariff is $125 per person,
otherwise $150 per person.
Children under 14 half price
This includes transfers to and from your accommodation or
take our road tour as well and we'll take $15 off the normal
tariff for that.
joy a 50% Discount