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Great trip to wonderful island

Loved this place you just stand and wait and ferry arrives great services . £6 return good value we... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2018
Winchester, United Kingdom
via mobile
Leaf as a ticket

First ferry departs at 09:00 a.m. and the journey takes about 20 minutes to Ulva Island.Great... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2018
Tomasz C
Olsztyn, Poland
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“return trip”(3 reviews)
Adventure is allowing the unexpected happen to you! Experience Ulva Island - the pristine forested island and one of few predator-free sanctuaries in New Zealand- and the unique beauty of Paterson Inlet. Freedom Tours, guided walks and sight seeing...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Golden Bay Wharf, Stewart Island 9818, New Zealand
+64 3-219 1013
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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

Loved this place you just stand and wait and ferry arrives great services . £6 return good value we loved walking on ulva.

Thank Sedge2013
Reviewed 11 May 2018

First ferry departs at 09:00 a.m. and the journey takes about 20 minutes to Ulva Island.Great scenery during the trip.

Thank Tomasz C
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

We recently booked a water taxi through this company for a return trip to/from Ulva Island. The process was really easy and both the person on the phone and the person we met were friendly and great to deal with. Our driver (skipper? captain? Sorry...More

Thank Amy M
Reviewed 5 April 2018

There's one major way to get to Ulva Island, and that is via the Ulva Island Ferry. Other ways include taking a water taxi or swimming, if you're an olympic swimmer. Otherwise for the cheap price of $20 you get a round trip ticket to...More

Thank mtingtang
Reviewed 4 April 2018

We had a lovely trip over to Ulva Island on the ferry, friendly owner, lovely old boat. Slightly rocky on the return trip but nothing to worry about. Would certainly recommend.

Thank 60stravellers2014
Reviewed 30 January 2018

It was very convenient to have a ferry service to the island, and not to have to depend on the Tour boat or the water taxi. Loved the fact that they use the original form of island postcard as the ferry ticket!

Thank trav078
Reviewed 13 January 2018

The skipper and crew are a pair of old hands who know this area well and exactly what they are doing. Once you walk over the steep road-hill to Golden Bay from Oban you get your leaf ticket for $20 before boarding and slowly chugging...More

Thank AbitCrisp
Reviewed 1 January 2018

In "common NZ practice and hospitality", even on this short little trip from Stewart to Ulva, the captain provides some nice commentary and gave us all info on the boat schedules,info about the area, and when we needed to be ready to catch the boat...More

Thank Jeff206
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

The sea was rough looking but it was only a short trip across to Ulva Island. The captain expertly navigated uscacross quite a choppy, windy stretch of wild water keeping the comfort of his passengers in mind and pulling up safely to the wharf in...More

Thank DenzieK
Reviewed 28 December 2017

This efficient and reliable ferry service gets you to Ulva island return for $20. Your boarding pass is the leaf of a native shrub (the "Ulva Island postcard") and the captain gives you bird watching tips while you're sitting in the wheelhouse on the short...More

Thank mambot2
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