Paterson Inlet as seen from Observation Rock, Stewart Island
The 1075 hectare marine reserve adjoining Ulva Island Open Sanctuary was established in 2004. The reserve protects all marine life within its boundaries, providing a safe haven and nursery for a wealth of underwater life, extending the protection of Stewart Island's/Rakiura’s largely pristine environment from land to sea. Nothing found within the reserve can be removed or harmed.
Did you know the waters around Stewart Island/Rakiura have more varieties of seaweed than anywhere else in New Zealand? Learn more about this area's marine environment including Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve.
Scuba diving is a rewarding way to view the reserve and its inhabitants - but wear a wetsuit as the water can be very cold. Boat passengers and sea kayakers can also get a good view of the reserve.
There is no public accommodation on Ulva Island and camping is prohibited. There is a range of accommodation available on Stewart Island.
Find out the location and boundaries of Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve, view a map and review the rules and regulations that must be followed once there.
View a map and get the GPS boundary points for the Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve
Visit iconic Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara, off Stewart Island/Rakiura, a beautiful island sanctuary open to the public. Walking through bush vibrant with bird life, you'll begin to understand just what's possible without predators.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Stewart Island/Rakiura places