Voyage deep into the Southern Ocean and discover the World Heritage sub-Antarctic islands of Australia and New Zealand. These rugged and isolated islands provide a natural sanctuary for rare seabirds and marine mammals, thriving in a pristine and protected natural habitat. These thriving ocean havens are the last landfall before Antarctica. Explore Ulva Island’s tranquil forests and observe New Zealand’s most iconic birds. Venture to the untouched World Heritage areas of the Snares Island Group, Auckland Islands, Campbell Islands, and the renowned Macquarie Island wildlife reserve were rare flora including megaherbs, mosses and lichens flourish. Walk along rugged shorelines with expert guides and rangers amongst seals and penguins colonies that inhabit this untouched wilderness. Learn about the captivating history and pioneering heritage of early explorers, completing a truly unforgettable journey of exploration and discovery.
- Stroll through the quiet forests of Ulva Island to spot New Zealand’s iconic birds, including the Stewart Island Weka, South Island Saddleback, Yellow-and Red-crowned Parakeet (Kakariki) and Rifleman (New Zealand’s smallest bird)
- Visit the largely untouched World Heritage areas of Snares Island Group, Auckland Islands, Campbell Islands, and the renowned wildlife sanctuary of Macquarie Island
- Take part in rare opportunity to walk the rocky shorelines of Auckland and Campbell Islands amongst the thriving seal and penguin colonies
- On Zodiac excursions, observe King and Royal penguin colonies as they fish and feed along the rocky shores of Lusitania Bay
- Enjoy guided walks on Macquarie Island with Park Rangers and encounter rare flora including fields of mega herbs, mosses and lichens
- Learn about the history and pioneering heritage of early explorers and their adventures in these remote islands
In partnership with Australian Geographic Society, our 9 December 2024 departure will be joined by Dr Louise Emmerson.