Subantarctic islands of New Zealand

Subantarctic islands of New Zealand – January 3rd to 10th, 2018

Voyage and expedition cruise to Campbell Island and the subantarctic island of New Zealand Expedition cruise on board the vessel Spirit of Enderby

Size of the group: 48 expeditioners maximum

Duration: 7 nights/8 days

The ship in details…

Expedition cruise basics…

Auckland, Snares and Campbell islands, are among the most remarkable wildlife reserves in the Southern Ocean, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites and afforded the highest protection of any nature reserves in New Zealand. Remote, uninhabited and on no regular shipping route, access is further restricted by a strict Management Plan which limits the number of people allowed ashore each year.


PROGRAM AND ITINERARY:

About the program and itinerary…

Day 1: Invercargill and Port of Bluff
Meet at an Invercargill central city hotel and be transferred to the Port of Bluff for embarkation.

Day 2: The Snares
The Snares Islands are home to more nesting seabirds than all of the British Isles put together. Zodiac cruising the coast we learn how the islands got their name and in the sheltered bays you should see the endemic Snares Crested Penguin, the Cape Petrel and Buller’s Albatross nesting on the imposing cliffs.

Days 3 and 4: Auckland Islands
Characterised by towering cliffs and rugged sea stacks, these islands have borne witness to many a shipwreck in days gone by. You spend the day ashore on Enderby Island which is perhaps the most beautiful of all the Subantarctic Islands. Here you find parakeets flitting above carpets of red, white and yellow wild flowers and on the beaches beyond, the rare Hooker’s or New Zealand Sea Lion. You land in Carnley Harbour and if conditions are suitable climb to a Shy Albatross colony, otherwise you explore sites within the harbour.

Days 5 and 6: Campbell Island
You will walk to the nesting site of the Southern Royal Albatross and see the strange and beautiful megaherbs growing on the hills. These huge wild flowers that have adapted to the harsh conditions have unusual colourings and weirdly-shaped leaves. You also seek out other wildlife such as Campbell Island Shags, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross and sea lions.

Day 7: at sea

Day 8: Invercargill
You will disembark after breakfast in the Port of Bluff and be transfer to central city hotels or to the airport.

Map of the itinerary of the voyage and expedition cruise to the subantarctic islands of New Zealand


PRICES (per person):

– Main deck triple: $4300 USD
– Main deck: $5000 USD
– Superior: $5500 USD
– Superior Plus: $6050 USD
– Mini suite: $6400 USD
– Heritage Suite: $6600 USD

Additional charges: local payment $400 USD pp

Prices include: pre/post cruise transfers, one night hotel accommodation in a twin share room (inc. dinner/breakfast), all on board ship accommodation with meals and all expedition shore excursions.

Prices do not include: all items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance.

The ship in details…


OUR OPINION ON THIS VOYAGE:

Long recognised for their rich biodiversity, the Subantarctic Islands lying to the south of New Zealand are UNESCO World Heritage sites. This places them in a select group of only 180 natural sites that have been designated as “the most important and significant natural habitats” on the planet. The islands all lie in the cool temperate zone with a unique climate and are home to a vast array of wildlife including albatross, penguins, petrels, prions, shearwaters and marine mammals like sea lions, fur seals and elephant seals. The flora is equally fascinating; the majority of it being like the birds and endemic to these islands. Just note that there is also the same voyage including the subantarctic island Macquarie.

☞ Interest of this trip: birds (albatross, petrels, shags…), seals, cetaceans, flora (rata forest, megaherbs…), historical sites…