Ulva Island Open Sanctuary offers visitors the chance to experience unspoiled New Zealand rainforest, alive with rare native birds.
Never milled and pest-free since 1997, the island offers threatened native species a safe haven in which to flourish. Healthy populations of kiwi, saddleback and yellowhead can be found – birds which often struggle on the mainland.
Ulva Island features well-maintained walking tracks that explore the island’s forested interior and golden beaches.
The island is accessible by water taxi, with guided walks also available.
Rats are a serious threat to the safety of the sanctuary, and visitors must check their packs and gear for stowaways. Weeds can also be a problem so check footwear, pockets and Velcro tabs for seeds.
Taking care to follow these simple measures will ensure the sanctuary continues to thrive and provide a safe home for threatened New Zealand species.
View the Ulva Island Open Sanctuary brochure (PDF, 1.830K).