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Matt was informative, knowledgeable, humorous and made the 4.5 hours a total awesome experience. We saw so many of the bird life and learned so much from Matt.

Mum50, New Zealand - Mar 2022

Thanks Matt, our guide. He was magnificent, as good as any guide we've had anywhere in the world. He told us so much, showed us so much, and saw things we never would have if we'd gone on our own (apart from the robins - they were everywhere and the tamest, coolest birds ever!) Matt bought the place to life - even amongst the never-ending bird song - don't go on your own (even if you can't get lost) - take a guide!

Spider, New Zealand - Oct 2021   

My 24-hour foray was headlined by savouring Ulva Island. Warmly greeted by my distinguished guide, Matt Jones is Chair of the Ulva Island Trust and my host extraordinaire treated me royally. After all, he led Prince Harry around the island on his famous visit five years ago. We took a short taxi ferry across to Paterson Inlet from Golden Bay to this pristine jewel of primeval beauty...  As I gazed in awe at the gin-clear waters at Boulder Beach and Sydney Cove, edged in podocarp forest, you can't help but feel immensely privileged to savour such a pristine pocket of unpeopled beauty. It's a mesmerising place, a cure-all realm for jaded city souls. My half-day tour with Matt has whetted my appetite to return to Stewart island for more immersive encounters with nature's feathered treasures and the lush rainforest.

Read the full article 'Away with the birds on Stewart Island' by Mike Yardley, July 2020

Matt was fun, professional & knowledgeable. Exceeded expectations. Perfect guide. Beautiful island ...nature at its best.

Jackie, New Zealand - 5/3/19

Matt was a superb guide . Found all the birds and his knowledge was wonderful.

Robert, Australia - 20/1/19

Matt was fabulous. He took the time to make sure each person saw every bird. Very knowledgeable, personable, competent and patient. I highly recommend this walk.

Shirley, USA - 10/12/18

Ulva Island is a special place, close to unique. Matt Jones is a special birding guide. Blessed with fine weather, the combination was delightful. We have been out with several birding guides, but Matt stands out for his incredible ear to the calls of the target birds. And great fun to be with.
Ballard, New Zealand - 28/10/18

Our guide was Matt Jones who is very charismatic and just so knowledgeable about Ulva and its background. The walk is at a steady pace with regular stops where Matt points out birdlife and Flora and fauna -the walk involves some steps and gradients. Ulva island is beautiful and unspoilt.
Lesley, England - 1/5/18