Ulva Island Ferry & Water-Taxi

Iconic Ulva Island in Stewart Island/Rakiura waters is a beautiful pest-free open bird sanctuary.

In this unspoiled rain-forest you can see rare birds and plants at close quarters in an environment that’s mostly unchanged by human activity, free of introduced animals.

It’s pretty much the only place on earth where you have a chance of seeing a kiwi during daylight hours.

Let the experienced skippers from Rakiura Adventures transport you there by either scheduled ferry or on-demand water taxi, and share with you their knowledge and passion for Ulva Island.

Getting there

Ulva Island Ferry

Scheduled Sailings:
Departs from Golden Bay Wharf
9:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00pm
Returns from Ulva Island
10:15pm, 12:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:15pm & (6:00pm in Summer)

Return Fares:
Adult – $20
Child (12y and under)  – $10

Please arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to scheduled departures.

Book online here and bring your e-receipt

Or enjoy the flexibility to pay on the day, as bookings are not essential.
*Please note card payment at the boat have a $2 surcharge.


Shuttle Bus Transfers

As of the 2020 season, we are now able to offer a dedicated shuttle bus get you to and from the scheduled ferry sailings!

Ulva Island Ferry Shuttle Bus at Golden Bay
Ulva Island Ferry Shuttle Bus at Golden Bay

Our ferry sails from Golden Bay – over the hill from the main village in Half Moon Bay. 

Shuttle rides depart from the corner of Ayr Street just beside Stewart Island Flights.
Departure times are 25 min prior to the scheduled sailing times.

The cost is $10pp return + booking fee.

**Bookings are required**
To arrange, call +64 27 2898 292


Ulva Island Water Taxi

Transfers to Ulva Island available any time upon request.
Please call Rakiura to arrange
+64 27 28 98 292

Or make an online enquiry here

Return Fares:
Adult – $25
Child – $15

Cash and eftpos payment options available
*Please note credit card payments at the boat have a 3% surcharge.

*Please note, in the off season – the depths of Winter…brrrr – only the water taxi will be running