Ulva Island Ferry & Water-Taxi

Take a trip on our classic Ulva Island ferry ‘Ranui’ – or nip across with our Water-Taxi for a customised departure and return time.

Iconic Ulva Island in Stewart Island/Rakiura waters is a beautiful pest-free open bird sanctuary. Due to it’s long held protected status, Ulva provides visitors an opportunity to experience unspoiled rain-forest, and see rare birds and plants at close quarters.

It’s pretty much the only place on earth where you have a chance of seeing a kiwi during daylight hours! A lucky one or two visitors a day usually report a sighting…just mind the Weka imposters…

Let the experienced skippers from Rakiura Adventure transport you there, and share with you their knowledge and passion for the wildlife and the history.
Take the Ulva Island ferry which runs on a schedule and includes plenty of opportunity to spot Little Blue penguins and Mollymawks/Albatross on a breezy day.
Or, if you’d prefer a more customised ride, take our on-demand water taxi service.

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.

Ulva Island Water Taxi

Transfers to Ulva Island available any time upon request.
Please call Rakiura to arrange
+64 272 898 292

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

Shuttle Bus Transfers

We also 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 +64 272 898 292


Check out the great work of our local school kids in helping you keep Ulva Island predator free!