Residents on the island share their gardens with native birds. Summer evenings resound with the melody of kākā and cheeky weka strut around Oban township.
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.