Blue cod, Ulva Island-Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve. Photo: Steve Wing. DOC USE ONLY.

Blue cod, Ulva Island-Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve

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Bordering Ulva Island Open Sanctuary, this pristine marine reserve features crystal clear waters teeming with fish, penguins and a variety of marine flora.

Ulva Island Marine Reserve is also home to one of the most accessible populations of prehistoric brachiopods in the world.

Popular ways to enjoy the reserve include snorkelling and kayaking. Fishing is prohibited.

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Ulva Island-Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve is located in the outer portion of Paterson Inlet, on Stewart Island/Rakiura’s east coast.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Stewart Island/Rakiura places


Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 219 0009
Address:   15 Main Road
Stewart Island
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