Ulva Island (Eilean na Ulbha in Scottish Gaelic) is a small, about 3,5 km (2,17 ml) long island located within Paterson Inlet, part of Stewart Island/Rakiura in New Zealand. The island covers a total area of approx 2,7 km2 (1 ml2) and is uninhabited.
- The majority of Ulva Island is part of Rakiura National Park. The island was named after Ulva Island in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland. Formerly, it was called Coopers Island.
- The relative isolation of Ulva Island, though easily accessed from Stewart Island, allowed it to become a major natural resource area. Ulva is a sanctuary for both plants and birds, holding species which on the mainland of New Zealand have died out or are quite rare.
- In 1997, Ulva Island was declared rat-free as a result of an eradication programme. Extirpated birds were reintroduced to the island. These include Stewart Island robin, South Island saddleback (tieke) and yellowhead (mohua).
- Other birds on Ulva Island that are rare on mainland include Stewart Island subspecies of rifleman (Tītitipounamu), southern brown kiwi (tokoeka), yellow-crowned and red-fronted parakeet, South Island kaka or forest parrot,and several other species. The yellow-eyed penguin which is endangered uses the island for a breeding site.
- The Department of Conservation now maintains the public portion of Ulva Island including the predator free status. A small portion of Ulva (approx 8 ha/20 acres between Post Office Bay and Sydney Cove) is privately owned.
Ulva Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Ulva Island dock (anchor) at Oban - port town on the eastern coast of Stewart Island.
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