Iconic Ulva Island off Stewart Island/Rakiura is a beautiful pest-free open sanctuary, in this unspoiled rainforest you can see rare birds and plants at close quarters in an environment that’s mostly unchanged by human activity, free of introduced animals, and it’s pretty much the only place on earth where you have a chance of seeing a kiwi during daylight hours. Let the experienced skippers from Rakiura Adventures transport you there by either ferry or water taxi, and share with you their knowledge and passion for Ulva Island. Explore Ulva Island by water taxi, or let us transport you to various hunting and tramping locations on picturesque Stewart Island. D.O.C approved
Scheduled ferry service to Ulva Island, departing Golden Bay Wharf – look for the blue boat
No bookings required for scheduled trips.
Ranui – Ulva Island Ferry, & Kaian – water taxi operate every day in main season – Self-guiding booklets available and our friendly knowledgeable ferry skipper will give you an introductory talk before disembarking at Ulva Island.
*Ferry closed in Winter, only water-taxi available over Winter.
N.B. Please arrive approx 15 minutes prior to scheduled departures.
No bookings required for scheduled trips. Cash/Eftpos Only
Departures at other times available, please call to arrange. Fare for unscheduled departures: $25 per person (minimum x2).
Kaian – built by stabicraft, and designed by a local Stewart Islander, is a versatile vessel, capable of beach-landings, traversing shallow waters, & safe when caught in the rough. Kaian has shown many visitors and local islanders some of the very best Stewart Island/Rakiura has to offer.
Stewart Island/Rakiura is home to a wide variety of protected marine mammals and bird species, this is seen in a rich marine biodiversity, including the greatest diversity of seaweeds in all of NZ. All of these make our waters an exciting experience through exploration. Let us give you a unique perspective of Stewart Island not achievable standing on dry-land. During our tour you never quite know what to expect, from coastline to coastline, penguins to petrels, seaweeds to sealions, dolphins and driftwoods, this scenic is all about discovering that which calls the ocean its home.
Be one of the few to experience an exclusive two and a half hour guided walk before circumnavigating Ulva Island in the Ulva Island water taxi for 1 hour, to gain a unique perspective of the island not achievable from land.
Off-the-beaten-track: 20min from Golden Bay (departure point), be dropped off at Miller’s Beach and cross through old Rimu rich forest for this piece of history that characterises Stewart Island’s diverse and rich history. Ship wreck, discarded massive propellers, an old Swedish boiler, factory foundations, and informational tablets, give the visitor an idea of what life was like in early 1900 flourishing Stewart Island settlement.
It’s a very special site in terms of European and New Zealand history from the last century – in particular, the connection between Antarctica, New Zealand and Norway.
Prices for the following include one piece of baggage, i.e., pack, per tramper.
We encourage contact even if tramping alone, as there maybe others also wanting to go or be picked up.
Popular Huts connecting to North West Circuit
& Southern Circuit tracks:
Freshwater River – From $60 per person, minimum 2 people
Fred’s Camp – From $50 per person, minimum 2 people
Great Walk Huts:
North Arm Hut – From $60 per person, minimum 2 people
Port William – From $50 per person, minimum 2 people
Please enquire directly for a quote customised for your group size and gear for the following Hunting Huts/Blocks:
Little Glory Cove, South Big Glory, Mid-Big Glory, North Big Glory, Hapuatuna, Abrahams Bay, South West Arm, Fred’s Camp, etc.
Phone Rakiura: NZ 027 289 8292 Email: Rakiuraadventure@xtra.co.nz
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