Stewart Island Experience Ulva Island Explorer

From NZ$95 per adult

Stewart Island Ulva Island Explorer Cruise

Stewart Island is New Zealand’s ultimate eco-tourism destination. Its densely forested hills, and untouched coastline of rocky outcrops and golden sand beaches make it a haven for native marine and bird life. Vivid dawn and twilight hues give rise to the island’s Maori name, Rakiura – land of the glowing skies.

The cruise will showcase some of Paterson Inlet’s stunning scenery with its hidden coves and unspoilt beaches. You’ll hear fascinating stories of early Maori history and European settlement from your guide as we pass various landmarks. Your guide is passionate about this area, provides informative commentary and is more than happy to answer questions. While on board, keep a look out for fur seals and penguins – we see a lot of them around this area.

Paterson inlet is home to renowned wildlife sanctuary Ulva Island and we’ll stop there for a 45 minute guided walk. The island is home to weka (native woodhen), bush robins, rare saddlebacks and yellowheads amongst other species. It is also a protected habitat for some of New Zealand’s rarest plant species.  A regular highlight is to encounter an inquisitive weka on the beach.

Activity Options

Ulva Island Explorer

  • Discover Stewart Island from the water
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet viewing hidden coves and unspoilt beaches, plus the historic whalers base at Prices Inlet
  • Your skipper and nature guide will provide detailed commentary throughout the cruise
  • Disembark at Ulva Island – a renowned wildlife sanctuary – for a 45-minute guided walk with a specialist nature guide
  • View rare plants and the abundant bird life during your guided walk
  • Then relax on board the modern catamaran for the remainder of the cruise around Paterson Inlet and back to base


Paterson Inlet Cruises depart from the Stewart Island Visitor Terminal

  • November through April: 12.45 pm (daily except 25 December)


  • Paterson Inlet Cruises: 2 hours 30 minutes

Other Information

  • Suitable for all ages


Stewart Island Visitor Terminal, Stewart Island, New Zealand.