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“Delightful introduction to Stewart Island”

Paterson Inlet Cruises - Stewart Island Experience
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet, viewing hidden coves and beaches including a visit to the Ulva Island – a renowned wildlife sanctuary. An on-board nature guide provides commentary throughout the cruise and leads a 45 minute walk through part of the Ulva Island. This island is home to abundant birdlife, including some of New Zealand’s most rare and precious plant species. Departs: Oban.
Reviewed 12 February 2014

The folks who made up our crew for this cruise clearly love their islands, and the people and wildlife who live there. Even the skipper of the ferry was happy to answer questions. The visit to Ulva Island was fascinating thanks to the excellent guide. We learned a lot and had a great time doing it!

2  Thank mjdrex
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

What an exciting afternoon for my 7 year old granddaughter who couldn't,t believe that she got to see penguins, mollymawks and dolphins who swam alongside the boat for some time, all in one outing. The staff on the boat were friendly and very knowledge about the history of the island and the wildlife living around the island.. Time spent on Ulva Island was an added bonus to the trip.
I will certainly do it again. Thanks Real Journeys

2  Thank DawnC79
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

Great trip, seeing the Mollymawks was the best part. Very good guides and interesting information. The short stop at Ulva was adequate to get a flavour of the island.

Thank Cass2007
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

The apt tour- for timing and cost. If you want to see around stewart island and want to go to ulva island, this is the ideal tour-esp. otherwise you can't do it as an independent traveller.Enlightening about the environment around stewart island. Its not too long or too short.Suitable for all ages and moreover, intresting for everyone.

2  Thank Ramesh S
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

What a wonderful experience this trip was- as well as learning more about the history of the island, and where the settlers first came, we saw an abundance of wildlife- before we even stepped food on Ulva island! A pair of little blue penguins swam alongside us for a short while, and stopping to feed the Mollymawks was wonderful too.

The tour of Ulva island was also fantastic. We split into smaller groups of around 8, and Ivan, our guide, was full of useful information about the local wildlife. We saw a number of birds up close- the bellbird, the tui, kaka and keruru, but most charmingly was the little robin who came down beside our feet to forage in the earth beside us.

Despite the tide coming in, the tour of Ulva island wasn't rushed, and the return to the boat added a charming memory of everyone removing socks and shoes to walk across the now slightly underwater dock.

I highly recommend this cruise to everyone- a range of ages were present on the boat, and the walk around Ulva island slow and easy for the young and old alike.

3  Thank Rebecca B
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