2000 years ago New Zealand looked very different from the rest of the world. It was a primeval paradise for birds, a relic of an ancient world long forgotten. Ulva Island is a small island about 3.5 km long lying within Paterson Inlet, which is part of Stewart Island/Rakiura in New Zealand.
Ulva Island's relative isolation, but easy access from Stewart Island has allowed it to become an important natural resource area. It is a sanctuary for both birds and plants, holding species that on the mainland of New Zealand are rare or have died out. In 1997, the island was declared rat-free, following an eradication program, and extirpated birds have been reintroduced to the island. The island plays an important role in the conservation of threatened species providing a great opportunity to experience New Zealand ecology.
Ulva Island is a window into that world, this film tells a story about life on the island as seen through the eyes of a young robin.