Stewart Island is a bird watcher's paradise, teeming with many of New Zealand's native and endangered birds.
Stewart Island is largely untouched by humans, providing an excellent habitat for native and endangered birds. The Stewart Island Brown Kiwi outnumbers humans on the island, and it is estimated numbers are around 20,000. Although most species of kiwi are nocturnal, the South Island Brown Kiwi is active during both day and night. The bird does shy away from humans so is not always easy to see.
Ulva Island, a short taxi ride from Stewart Island's Golden Bay, is an open bird sanctuary and predator-free. A visit here is a must-do for all native bird watching enthusiasts. Covered in unspoilt forest, the island is home to birds including the native tui, kaka, rifleman and fantail, as well as the endangered south island saddleback.