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Ulva's Guided Walks

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20 Main Road, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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Expert guide showed us things we would never have seen

Our guide, Ulva, grew up on Stewart Island and is so knowledgeable about Ulva Island. She's an... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cotton-DC
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Memorable Ulva Island experience with expert guide Denise

Walking through original podocarp bush with Denise was wonderful. Her knowledge was fantastic, not... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Belinda R
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Ulva Island is located on Stewart Island,New Zealand. A predator-free and picturesque island, it is an environmental treasure. Rare, endangered, endemic and native birds abound - it is also a botanist's dream in a pristine primeval forest environment. Ulva's Guided Walks is the Ulva Island specialist natural history guiding team that provides visitors with truly memorable experiences in this unique forest sanctuary. We provide personalised and small group experiences - and absolutely guarantee that you will love our southern-most bird sanctuary in the world!
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20 Main Road, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide, Ulva, grew up on Stewart Island and is so knowledgeable about Ulva Island. She's an excellent guide and eager to share her expertise about the ecology of the Island. Quite a treat!!

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Ulva G, Front Office Manager at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, which I've passed onto Ulva. Delighted to hear you enjoyed your guided walk and Ulva's infectious enthusiasm! Best wishes - Jules

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking through original podocarp bush with Denise was wonderful. Her knowledge was fantastic, not just about the birds (Stewart Is robins, kaka, bellbirds, kakariki and many more) but the vegetation. I learned heaps... It was a beautiful day with many great photo opportunities. But you...More

Thank Belinda R
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Ulva G, Front Office Manager at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're delighted you enjoyed your guided walk on Ulva Island so much Belinda, thank you for writing. I've passed your wonderful review to Denise. Best wishes, Jules

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an amazing experience! Arriving on Ulva Island sounded like being in a jungle because of all the birds. My guide was Matt, who was not only incredibly knowledgeable about the birds, flora and other wildlife, but was also a delightful person with a...More

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Ulva G, Front Office Manager at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Sally, I've passed your review onto Matt and you're right - he loves what he does and cares very much for what he fondly calls his "office", Ulva Island! He gets a real buzz out of other people's excitement and enjoyment of the birds...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ulva took us across on the water taxi. She was so informative and enthusiastic, we saw lots of birds and tracks from penguins and sea lions. We couldn't have learned so much on our own especially about the flora which was fascinating. Thank you very...More

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Reviewed March 11, 2018

We’ve just returned from a trip to Ulva Island with Denise, who was so knowledgeable and so enthusiastic. She led our small group to all the right places to see so many birds, she could recognise their calls and so lead us to them or...More

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Ulva G, Front Office Manager at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2018

Thank you for your review. Denise enjoyed your company and loved sharing Ulva Island with you! Best wishes, Jules

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Reviewed March 7, 2018

Denise, our guide, was excellent, her knowledge of this tiny predator free island was incredible, it was obvious from the moment we set foot on the island that she was passionate about both the birds and fauna this island is famous for. If we had...More

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Ulva G, Front Office Manager at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2018

Thank you for your review - we're delighted you enjoyed Ulva Island with our wonderful Denise as your guide! Best wishes - Jules, Front Office

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Reviewed March 6, 2018 via mobile

I spent the morning on Ulva Island with a small group, very ably guided by Matt. He shared the natural and human history of the island, made sure we saw every bird possible, and helped us understand the local ecosystem. His great sense of humor...More

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Ulva G, Front Office Manager at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2018

We're thrilled you enjoyed our full day Birding Classic so much and appreciate you taking the time to write. Best wishes, Jules - Front Office

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Reviewed February 13, 2018 via mobile

Ulva was an amazing guide and taught us a lot about the birds and plants on Ulva Island. She is very knowledgeable and also very pleasant company and we thoroughly enjoyed the walk. We were lucky enough to see a kiwi too! We highly recommend...More

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Ulva G, Front Office Manager at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2018

Thank you, it was a pleasure to share Ulva Island with you. Best wishes, Jules

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Reviewed February 10, 2018

We walked into Rakiura Charters office and booked this tour...so we did not specifically choose Ulva's. We had a great experience and learnt a lot and came away with some fabulous photos. Matt was our guide and his knowledge was extensive and he has such...More

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Ulva G, Front Office Manager at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2018

Thank you travellingbuzz for your great review, we're thrilled that you got some fabulous photos and enjoyed Ulva Island with Matt so much. We very much appreciate your feedback as regards non-English speakers and language used, and will definitely take that on board for future...More

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Reviewed February 9, 2018

Ulva's Guided Walks are top notch. Jules, the head booking agent helped me immeasurably in getting my tour set up as there was so much I wanted to do in a very small amount of time and I had many moving parts to my itinerary....More

1  Thank Phil R
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Ulva G, Front Office Manager at Ulva's Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2018

Hi Phil R, and thank you for your generous review, it was my absolute pleasure to help make things happen and fit in with your travel schedule, all part of the service. Matt thoroughly enjoyed sharing Ulva Island with you and we're delighted you embraced...More

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Hi - Ulva Goodwillie here from Ulva's Guided Walks. We can definitely arrange a half day trip to fit in with your transport requirements. Dependent on your afternoon departure time, we can fit in an early afternoon half... More
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