Subantarctic Islands

World Heritage wildlife havens of penguin breeding grounds, Sea Lion colonies, dramatic coastlines and tapestries of flowering megaherbs.

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South Pacific

One of the most culturally fascinating regions in the world, Melanesia is a feast for the senses with colorful 'sing sing' performances and magnificent natural wonders...

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Antarctica's Ross Sea

Nature so grand there are no words to describe it. From massive penguin rookeries and colossal ice shelves to the historic huts of Shackleton...

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South Pacific

One of the most culturally fascinating regions in the world, Melanesia is a feast for the senses with colorful 'sing sing' performances and magnificent natural wonders...

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Subantarctic Islands

World Heritage wildlife havens of penguin breeding grounds, Sea Lion colonies, dramatic coastlines and tapestries of flowering megaherbs.

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Antarctica's Ross Sea

Nature so grand there are no words to describe it. From massive penguin rookeries and colossal ice shelves to the historic huts of Shackleton...

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Heritage Expeditions

Ambassadors for conservation, pioneers of discovery, and leaders in expedition travel to the world’s best-kept secrets.

For more than 35 years, Heritage Expeditions has pioneered conservation-driven small ship expedition cruises to some of the most wild, least-explored and biologically rich regions on the planet including down into the heart of Antarctica the Ross Sea, Japan & SE Asian islands, South Pacific, Australia's Kimberley Coast and New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands, Fiordland and Stewart Island, and now Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman National Park. Whether you’re a birder, photographer, wildlife enthusiast, conservationist, or simply an adventurous spirit, these expeditions offer an unparalleled travel experience. We look forward to welcoming you aboard! For a complete list of upcoming voyages, please view our Expedition Calendar.

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Antarctica

Sometimes referred to as ‘the heart of Antarctica’, the Ross Sea region is the last great unspoiled part of the world’s oceans. To date there has only been minimal exploitation, and to enter this region of Antarctica is a privilege, with only a few hundred people able to visit each year. The East Antarctic coastline is some of the most …

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Australia

Forged by nature and spanning more than 400,000 square kilometres, Australia's world-famous Kimberley Coast features a treasure trove of towering, fractured iron-tinged red cliffs, torrential waterfalls, azure waters, hidden coves and caves, secluded white sand beaches perfect for expedition cruising. Explore magnificent reefs and encounter rare and endangered wildlife; experience indigenous customs, rock art and connections to ancient lands; and …

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Japan

With the world's sixth longest coastline, more than 6,800 islands and islets, Japan and its seamless blend of ancient customs, ultramodern living, neon-lit cities, temples, rich culture and wildlife-filled national parks is perfect for exploring by expedition ship. Our Japan cruises offer the ultimate way of both exploring and experiencing the best Japan has to offer as we sail from …

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New Zealand

With 15,000 kilometres of coastline New Zealand's awe-inspiring fiords, gold sand beaches, hidden coves, tranquil waterways, native forests and marine reserves are perfect for small ship expedition cruising and travel. Bordering the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand comprises three main islands including the North Island, South Island and Stewart Island with numerous smaller islands and outcrops lying, …

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South Pacific

The South Pacific islands known as Melanesia lie to the north and east of Australia. Together the three independent nations and two dependant colonies form one of the most culturally complex regions in the world, with some 1,293 languages spoken across the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and New Guinea. It is also a region of great antiquity with New …

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Subantarctic Islands

The Subantarctic Islands are tiny havens for some of the most abundant and unique wildlife on the planet. They lie in the cool temperate or Subantarctic Zone to the south and east of New Zealand in the great southern ocean that encircles Antarctica. This is a windswept and at times forbidding swath of sea, surprising in its fecundity. The Subantarctic …

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We want to thank you all as a team and as a group of totally - focussed individuals for all you have done to make our trip safe, memorable, and ecologically thought provoking.

Nita & Bob
When they say this trip will change your life, they are right. You cannot travel to this part of the world without realising that mankind must care for the planet, and that when they do, nature responds. Macquarie Island and Campbell Island were like stepping into the Garden of Eden. It is possible for nations …

F Solly
Hi I posted a report to the BirdingNZ site with a few photos. Here you go ... http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5632 A fantastic experience and great to meet you all.

Tim
Just wanted to post a message to say Thanks for the wonderful adventure down to the Ross Sea in January. It really was magical and a dream come true. The guides, crew, chefs and Rodney worked so hard to make the trip a success and I'll never forget the feeling when I stepped inside Shakelton's …

Lynn
Just magnificent from the beautiful albatross to huge smiling elephant seals and glorious fauna & flora in between. What a privilege to visit these remote islands ... so important they are conserved and protected.

Susie
Many thanks again for two truly splendid trips. It is a privilege to take part on such adventures and I appreciate the hard work (and stress!) and the team effort that goes into the organisation of such challenging trips. The Kuril Island and the Kamchatka trips were very special and I'm about to relive the …

Jenny
Hi guys, I just wanted to say thank you so much for such a fantastic expedition we experienced in the Southern Ocean. The sites, especially the huts, are quite moving and just so humbling to actually be there. The restoration that has been done is incredible. And having the extensive knowledge of the Duke is …

Paul (travelled 2014)
I travelled on the “Ross Sea Antarctic Cruising: In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton” expedition in Feb 2017 and can’t speak highly enough of the experience I had. Our Expedition Leader, Samuel, was exceptional. His open, clear communication, vast knowledge of the areas we went to and good humor at all times made for …

Brent Pizzato
After a dreadful year of disruption, this was a much anticipated trip away and I was not disappointed. The experience both on and off the boat was very memorable, and I enjoyed the fellow travellers almost as much as the flora and fauna. Being able to get so close to the Royal Albatrosses on Campbell …

L Tyler
I have just returned from The Top of the South: Explorations Beyond Marlborough Sounds expedition cruise and wanted to let the Heritage Management Team know that I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. We were very lucky with the weather and didn't have any wind until the last day.The crew were amazing and went out …

Carol Poolman
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