Stewart Island Rainbow from Sails Ashore

Stewart Island Kiwi

Kiwi on Ulva Many years ago while the Island Forest Ranger my boss in Invercargill encouraged me to shift Kiwi onto Ulva Island … there were none there. I think about 6 or 8 were moved there

Sails Ashore guest on Ulva Island Tour

Stewart Island Oystercatchers & Orchids

Part of the Sails Ashore “Stewart Island Experience” is a Guided Tour of Ulva Island Open Sanctuary. Your host Peter is also your guide, and the tour draws on my over 45 years of experience on Ulva Island, initially as Ranger in Charge, then as a very regular visitor and latterly as a natural history guide.


A Spring Tour on Ulva Island

Sails Ashore – Stewart Island At Sails Ashore, we package a Guided Ulva Island Tour. So our guests get to experience one of the jewels of Natural New Zealand.

Stewart Island Rainbow

Winter at Sails Ashore on Stewart Island

An Islanders Winter For many of our guests  Island life is a bit like the far side of the moon. After all many come from the large, busy cities, of Europe or North America. And so there is a lot of curiosity about the day to day life of an Islander. And a regular question…


Royal Visit to Stewart Island

Stewart Island has had only two previous Royal visits. Many years ago Prince Phillip briefly visited Mason Bay on the west side of the Island while on a conservation visit, and Prince Edward spent an evenings shore leave while a guest of the Navy doing a circumnavigation of Southern New Zealand, but on the 10th May we hosted Prince Harry


Stewart Island Kiwi, Orchids & Cruise Ships

Ulva Island Kiwi, Orchids & Cruise Ships. Sails Ashore, Stewart Island Yesterday as part of our guests stay with us at Sails Ashore I took an English couple to Ulva Island. The weather lately has been indifferent to say the least, and I have to say it didn’t look good when we set off. But…


The Kai Cart, Stewart Island

The Kai Cart, Stewart Island The Kai Cart is a Stewart Island Icon. Originally the Gore Pie Cart, it shifted to the Island many years ago, and has fed visitors and residents alike ever since. It has hosted Billy Connelly and featured on one of his TV series, and has been a culinary part of the…


Stewart Island Spring Orchids & Two Fat Ladies

Spring Orchids on Stewart Island As spring progresses I enjoy watching the orchids appear, especially while taking our guests around Ulva Island and the village roads. First to show up for us are the “Spiders”, and the first of these are the “Dancing Spider Orchids” or Nematoceras acuminatum. They are now well out, with most beyond…