Subantarctic Islands

Subantarctic Islands

Overview

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 Islands are comprised of six groups: the Bounty Islands, the Antipodes, the Snares, the Auckland Islands, Campbell Island and Macquarie Island. Flora and fauna are densely concentrated in the Subantarctic Islands: the number of indigenous plants and seabirds found in the Subantarctic Islands is far greater than that found on similar groups in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

It is little wonder that these islands of the Subantarctic are all Nature Reserves and World Heritage sites. As such, the New Zealand and Australian Governments that administer them afford the Subantarctic Islands the highest protection. Tourism is allowed, but only under special license, and numbers are restricted to minimise impact and to ensure a world class wilderness and wildlife experience. The Subantarctic Islands not only play an important role in the Southern Ocean ecosystem - they also have a rich human history. From their discovery 200 years ago, they were exposed to an era of exploitation. In time we began to understand their true worth and treasure them for their intrinsic value as wild and beautiful places. Visiting them is a pleasure and a privilege. You will not be disappointed.

Birding Down Under is our most comprehensive exploration of the Subantarctic Islands. This 18 day expedition explores seven different island groups including the remote Antipodes, Bounty and Chatham Islands. Our Galapagos of the Southern Ocean voyage encompassing the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands as well as wildlife rich Macquarie Island, is so popular that we now run two voyages per season.

Our eight day Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific voyage takes you to a part of New Zealand that few have been privileged enough to visit. On Beyond Fiordland: New Zealand's Wildest Islands we explore Fiordland, Stewart and Ulva Islands and the Subantarctics as we journey back to where the Heritage Expeditions story began more than 30 years ago.

Every expedition aims at maximising the opportunities for all participants, regardless of your interest, with quality time ashore with experienced guides who know the islands and the wildlife well. We also include the Subantarctic Islands on our Antarctic Expeditions.

Plan a Subantarctic adventure today. Questions or ready to book one of these exciting expeditions? Please contact us today or call toll free and speak with an Expedition Specialist.

Overview

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 Islands are comprised of six groups: the Bounty Islands, the Antipodes, the Snares, the Auckland Islands, Campbell Island and Macquarie Island. Flora and fauna are densely concentrated in the Subantarctic Islands: the number of indigenous plants and seabirds found in the Subantarctic Islands is far greater than that found on similar groups in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

It is little wonder that these islands of the Subantarctic are all Nature Reserves and World Heritage sites. As such, the New Zealand and Australian Governments that administer them afford the Subantarctic Islands the highest protection. Tourism is allowed, but only under special license, and numbers are restricted to minimise impact and to ensure a world class wilderness and wildlife experience. The Subantarctic Islands not only play an important role in the Southern Ocean ecosystem - they also have a rich human history. From their discovery 200 years ago, they were exposed to an era of exploitation. In time we began to understand their true worth and treasure them for their intrinsic value as wild and beautiful places. Visiting them is a pleasure and a privilege. You will not be disappointed.

Birding Down Under is our most comprehensive exploration of the Subantarctic Islands. This 18 day expedition explores seven different island groups including the remote Antipodes, Bounty and Chatham Islands. Our Galapagos of the Southern Ocean voyage encompassing the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands as well as wildlife rich Macquarie Island, is so popular that we now run two voyages per season.

Our eight day Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific voyage takes you to a part of New Zealand that few have been privileged enough to visit. On Beyond Fiordland: New Zealand's Wildest Islands we explore Fiordland, Stewart and Ulva Islands and the Subantarctics as we journey back to where the Heritage Expeditions story began more than 30 years ago.

Every expedition aims at maximising the opportunities for all participants, regardless of your interest, with quality time ashore with experienced guides who know the islands and the wildlife well. We also include the Subantarctic Islands on our Antarctic Expeditions.

Plan a Subantarctic adventure today. Questions or ready to book one of these exciting expeditions? Please contact us today or call toll free and speak with an Expedition Specialist.

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Subantarctic Islands Expeditions

Beyond Fiordland: New Zealand's Wildest Islands

Explore the untamed wilderness of Fiordland's ice-carved mountains, forests and fiords; encounter threatened native species flourishing on Stewart Island's Ulva Island and discover the remote, rugged beauty of New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands and wildlife havens on this 11-day expedition.

13 Dec 2019

Birding Down Under: Subantarctic and Chatham Islands

Explore the 'Albatross Latitudes and explore the most remote Subantarctic islands including Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland, Campbell, Macquarie & Chatham Islands on this comprehensive 19-day expedition perfect for those interested in birds, history, wildlife.

13 Nov 2019
12 Nov 2020

Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific: Subantarctic Islands

Campbell Island, Auckland Islands & the Snares Islands, these UNESCO World Heritage Sites are some of the most wildlife rich islands. This voyage is timed to coincide with the flowering of the megaherbs which paint the landscape vivid colours.

3 Jan 2020, 23 Dec 2020

Galapagos of the Southern Ocean: Subantarctic Islands

Explore wildlife rich Macquarie Island as well as Campbell, Auckland Islands and the Snares. These UNESCO World Heritage Sites are home to a vast array of albatross, penguins, petrels, elephant seals and more.

1 Dec 2019, 3 Dec 2019, 22 Dec 2019
30 Nov 2020, 11 Dec 2020

Our ship: Akademik Shokalskiy

Akademik Shokalskiy is the sister ship to the Spirit of Enderby (Professor Khromov). They were both built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research and, being fully ice-strengthened, they are perfect for expedition travel. She carries just 50 passengers and provides comfortable accommodation in twin share cabins approximately half of which have private facilities. All cabins have outsid...

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Our ship: Spirit of Enderby

The Spirit of Enderby (Professor Khromov) is a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel, built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research and is perfect for Expedition Travel. She carries just 50 passengers and was refurbished in May 2019 to provide comfortable accommodation in twin share cabins approximately half of which have private facilities. All cabins have outside windows o...

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