Subantarctic Islands Cruises 2021-2022

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New Zealand to Subantarctic Islands Cruises

Wildlife havens of the Southern Ocean

Discover a world-class wilderness and wildlife experience. All World Heritage sites and Nature Reserves, the Snares, Campbell, Auckland, Bounty, Antipodes and Macquarie Islands are administered with the highest protection – tourism is only allowed under special license. These islands lie in the ‘Albatross Isles’ – 10 of the world’s albatross species breed in the region.

From endemic Snares and Erect-crested Penguin breeding grounds to soaring albatross and petrels; from tapestries of flowering megaherbs to New Zealand Sea Lion colonies, dramatic coastlines and Australia's Macquaire Island with its Royal and King Penguin colonies and lazing Elephant Seal 'Weaners', each day is an epic adventure of discovery. Whether you’re a birder, photographer, wildlife enthusiast, or simply an adventurous spirit, these expeditions offer an unparalleled travel experience.

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Subantarctic Islands Season 2021-2022

Join us on an extraordinary voyage through New Zealand and Australia's Subantarctic Islands

Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific: Subantarctic Islands

8 DAYS
5 – 12 Jan 2022 Akademik Shokalskiy

Invercargill, NZ and Return

  • Island Groups: Snares, Aucklands, Campbell
  • Watch Yellow-eyed Penguins make their way to and from the sea to feed hungry chicks
  • Hiking on Enderby Island
  • Explore wildlife-rich rugged coastlines
  • Carpets of flowering endemic daisys on Campbell Island
  • Southern Elephant Seals haul out on Northwest Bay, Campbell
  • Observe nesting Southern Royal and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, and numerous endemic birds
  • Rare Hooker’s or New Zealand Sea Lions and their pups on Enderby Island
  • Human history - Coastwatcher’s Huts, early settlements and shipwreck tales
  • Flowering Rata Forests, rolling hills of flowering megaherbs, large tree daisies
  • Options to climb spectacular Mt Honey or hike Col Lyall Saddle
  • Look for the elusive Subantarctic Snipe on Auckland and Campbell Islands

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Galapagos of the Southern Ocean: Subantarctic Islands

13 DAYS

21 Nov – 4 Dec 2021 Akademik Shokalskiy
30 Nov – 12 Dec 2021 Spirit of Enderby
18 – 30 Dec 2021 Spirit of Enderby
22 Dec 2021 - 3 Jan 2022 Akademik Shokalskiy NEW VOYAGE!

Invercargill, NZ and Return/Dunedin, NZ - Invercargill/Hobart Australia – Invercargill (21 Nov)

 

  • Visit remote World Heritage Sites: The Snares, Auckland Islands, Macquarie Island and Campbell Island
  • Explore Macquarie Island with Park Ranger guides
  • Observe the raucous antics of Macquarie Island's Royal Penguin and King Penguin colonies
  • Watch lumbering Elephant Seals challenging each other on Macquarie Island
  • Zodiac cruise Lusitania Bay – one of the largest penguin breeding colonies on the planet (Macquarie Island)
  • Spend the day hiking the unforgettable landscapes of Enderby and Campbell Islands
  • Look for the elusive Campbell and Auckland Island Snipe
  • Wade waist deep through fields of flowering megaherbs
  • Experience the rarely-seen early Albatross courting ritual known as gamming
  • Explore wildlife-rich rugged coastlines
  • Human history – Coastwatcher’s Huts, early settlements and shipwreck tales

 

 

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Beyond Fiordland: New Zealand's Wildest Islands

11 DAYS
31 Dec 2021 - 10 Jan 2022 Spirit of Enderby

Invercargill, NZ and Return

  • Visit remote World Heritage Sites: The Snares, Auckland Islands and Campbell Island, and explore Stewart and Ulva Islands, Fiordland, Dusky Sound, Luncheon Cove, Archeron Passage and more
  • Discover the primordial majesty and unspoiled beauty of Fiordland
  • Explore sea caves and observe wildlife in spectacular numbers
  • Zodiac cruise glittering waterways between podocarp forests looking penguins and dolphins
  • Spend the day hiking the unforgettable landscapes of Enderby and Campbell Islands
  • Look for the elusive Campbell and Auckland Island Snipe
  • Wade waist deep through fields of flowering megaherbs
  • Experience the rarely-seen early Albatross courting ritual known as gamming
  • Explore wildlife-rich rugged coastlines
  • Human history - Coastwatcher's Huts, early settlements and shipwreck tales
  • Visit some of New Zealand's most remote and iconic locations, many only accessible by expedition ship

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Birding Down Under: Subantarctic and Chatham Islands

19 DAYS
12 – 30 Nov 2021 Spirit of Enderby
4 – 22 Dec 2021 Akademik Shokalskiy

Invercargill, NZ to Dunedin

  • Island Groups: Snares, Bounty Antipodes, Auckland, Campbell Macquarie & Chatham
  • Chatham Islands' incredibly rare Chatham Island Black Robin and Taiko (Magenta Petrel), and Forbe's/Chatham Parakeet
  • Antipodes and Bounty Islands, the only breeding sites of the Erect-crested Penguin and home to the world's rarest shag the endemic Bounty Island Shag
  • Pyramid Rock, the only breeding place of the Chatham Island Albatross
  • Cross the Chathams Rise, known location of Wandering Royal and Salvin's Albatross, and Cape, Westland Black and Cook's Petrel
  • Observe the raucous antics of Macquarie Island's Royal Penguin and King Penguin colonies
  • Watch lumbering Elephant Seals challenging each other on Macquarie Island
  • Zodiac cruise Lusitania Bay - one of the largest penguin breeding colonies on the planet (Macquarie Island)
  • Look for the elusive Campbell and Auckland Island Snipe
  • Experience the rarely-seen early Albatross courting ritual known as gamming

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Chatham Islands: A Land Apart

10 DAYS
12 – 21 Mar 2022 Akademik Shokalskiy

Invercargill, NZ to Christchurch, NZ

  • Island Groups: Antipodes, Bounty, Chatham
  • Chatham Islands' incredibly rare Chatham Island Black Robin and Taiko (Magenta Petrel), and Forbe's/Chatham Parakeet
  • Antipodes and Bounty Islands, the only breeding sites of the Erect-crested Penguin and home to the world's rarest shag the endemic Bounty Island Shag
  • Pyramid Rock, the only breeding place of the Chatham Island Albatross
  • Experience conservation in action and hear remarkable stories of rediscovery and population recovery
  • Human history - dendroglyphs (tree carvings), Maunganui's stone cottages and Kopinga Marae
  • Cross the Chathams Rise, known location of Wandering Royal and Salvin's Albatross, and Cape, Westland Black and Cook's Petrel
  • Endemic plants including Chatham Islands Forget-me-not

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Unseen Fiordland, Stewart Island and The Snares: Exploring New Zealand's Remote Backyard

8 DAYS

TBC

Aboard the Spirit of Enderby

  • Destinations: The Snares, Stewart and Ulva Islands, Fiordland, Milford Sound, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, Luncheon Cove, Acheron Passage and more
  • Zodiac wildlife safari cruise UNESCO World Heritage listed The Snares
  • Discover the primordial majesty and unspoiled beauty of Fiordland
  • Enjoy a 3-hour nature cruise of scenic Milford Sound
  • Experience the thundering spectacle of Stirling Falls
  • Explore sea caves and observe wildlife in spectacular numbers
  • Zodiac cruise glittering waterways between podocarp forests looking penguins and dolphins
  • Observe endemic Snares Crested Penguins navigating the 'Penguin Slide'
  • Wealth of birding highlights on predator-free Ulva Island
  • Visit some of New Zealand's most remote and iconic locations, many only accessible by expedition ship
  • Experience the furtherest reaches of New Zealand's backyard
  • Look for the Stewart Island Brown Kiwi often seen during the day
  • Learn about the rich history and conservations efforts of these remote regions

    Includes a night at the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, scenic drive and 3-hour nature cruise of Milford Sound!

    *25% of berth of equal value, free berth equal to lowest fare, limited number of sole occupancy cabins. Subject to availability. Excludes helicopter excursion.

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Auckland Islands and The Snares: Subantarctic Wonderland

7 DAYS

TBC

Invercargill, NZ and return
Aboard Spirit of Enderby

  • Visit remote UNESCO World Heritage Sites: New Zealand's Subantarctic The Snares and Auckland Islands
  • Rare Hooker's or New Zealand Sea Lions and their pups on Enderby Island 
  • Explore the furtherest reaches of New Zealand's backyard
  • Learn about the rich history and conservations efforts of these remote regions
  • Explore sea caves and observe wildlife in spectacular numbers
  • Hike the unforgettable landscapes of Enderby and Auckland Islands
  • Look for the elusive Subantarctic Snipe
  • Wade waist deep through fields of flowering megaherbs
  • Observe endemic Snares Crested Penguins navigating the 'Penguin Slide'
  • Explore wildlife-rich rugged coastlines
  • Human history - Coastwatcher's Huts, early settlements and shipwreck tales
  • Visit some of New Zealand's most remote and iconic locations, many only accessible by expedition ship

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Unseen Fiordland and Stewart Island: Exploring New Zealand's Remote Backyard

7 DAYS
TBC

Invercargill, NZ and return
Aboard Spirit of Enderby

  • Destinations: Stewart and Ulva Islands, Fiordland, Dusky Sound, Luncheon Cove, Archeron Passage and more
  • Discover the primordial majesty and unspoiled beauty of Fiordland
  • Zodiac cruise glittering waterways between podocarp forests looking penguins and dolphins
  • Wealth of birding highlights on predator-free Ulva Island
  • Celebrate New Year's Eve on Stewart Island (30 Dec departure)
  • Visit some of New Zealand's most remote and iconic locations, many only accessible by expedition ship
  • Experience the furtherest reaches of New Zealand's backyard
  • Look for the Stewart Island Brown Kiwi often seen during the day
  • Learn about the rich history and conservations efforts of these remote regions

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Galapagos of the Southern Ocean: New Zealand's Subantarctic and Chatham Islands

17 DAYS

TBC

Invercargill, NZ and return
Aboard Spirit of Enderby

  • Visit remote UNESCO World Heritage Sites: New Zealand's Subantarctic The Snares, Auckland, Auckland, Campbell, Antipodes and Bounty Islands + the Chatham Islands
  • Rare Hooker's or New Zealand Sea Lions and their pups on Enderby Island
  • Chatham Islands' incredibly rare Chatham Island Black Robin and Taiko (Magenta Petrel), and Forbe's/Chatham Parakeet
  • Antipodes and Bounty Islands, the only breeding sites of the Erect-crested Penguin and home to the world's rarest shag the endemic Bounty Island Shag
  • Pyramid Rock, the only breeding place of the Chatham Island Albatross
  • Experience conservation in action and hear remarkable stories of rediscovery and population recovery
  • Learn about the rich history and conservations efforts of these remote regions
  • Explore sea caves and observe wildlife in spectacular numbers
  • Hike the unforgettable landscapes of Enderby, Auckland and Campbell Islands
  • Observe endemic Snares Crested Penguins navigating the 'Penguin Slide'
  • Human history - Coastwatcher's Huts, early settlements and shipwreck tales

 

 

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For all voyages, exact landings depend on weather and ice conditions and wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed; however, our 35+ years of experience in operating expeditions mean that we are well equipped to make the most of the conditions at the time. Past trip logs and species lists are available for all expeditions. 

What our travellers are saying:

Galapagos of the Southern Ocean: Subantarctic Islands

Let me be the first to say, the Subantarctic is the stuff of legends. A refuge for some of the most abundant wildlife colonies on earth, New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands are perhaps the most overlooked and pristine islands I've ever set foot on. Situated in the latitudes in between the Roaring Forties, Furious Fifties and Screaming Sixties, this is a place so savagely beautiful it'll take your breath away – literally.

Liz Carlson

Galapagos of the Southern Ocean: Subantarctic Islands

Heritage Expeditions knows its stuff. If you love pelagic birds, penguins, sea lions and unique flora, you cannot be disappointed by the islands of the Subantarctic. The roaring forties and furious fifties awaken the spirit of adventure – this is a sea voyage as much as a biodiversity overload. More than just a sensory experience, you feel connected on a deeper level with the thousands of penguins on the islands and the constant companionship of albatross at sea. Thank you so much to the expedition team and crew of the Professor Khromov for memories to last a lifetime.

Neale Frazer

Galapagos of the Southern Ocean: Subantarctic Islands

I spent Christmas and New Year on the Galapagos of the Southern Ocean trip and it is the coolest thing I have ever done. The birding is incredible, the wildlife is stunning. We had pretty calm weather compared to other trips, and the crew on Professor Khromov made the whole trip an absolute dream expedition. I have recommended Heritage Expeditions and this trip to everybody I know!

Tamzin Goldsworthy

Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific: Subantarctic Islands

I want to pass on a very big thank you to everyone at Heritage. My research work went very well, and the trip was an absolute pleasure. Everything about the trip exceeded my expectations: the staff in the office and onboard were absolutely fantastic, exceptional planning to ensure that the needs and desires of all the passengers for particular shore excursions were balanced with safety and weather concerns, incredible knowledge and communication skills of the guides,  amazing food the chefs prepared even in challenging conditions, the Russian crew’s friendliness and enthusiasm despite the language barrier. And of course, what a magical place the Subantarctic Islands are!

Jocelyn

Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific: Subantarctic Islands

My trip to the Subantarctic Islands was just amazing!! I just loved the fields of mega herbs and the wildlife. There were times when there were no words to describe it all. One highlight was the day I got to the top of the boardwalk on Campbell Island--magnificent! The meals were wonderful--fresh and healthy--and your staff sure did look after us! I was very impressed with the young staff; they were very reliable, confident, and made me feel safe and secure. The management of all aspects of everyone onboard was well done. Thank you to Heritage Expeditions for a memorable adventure!

Thelma

Birding Down Under: Subantarctic and Chatham Islands

Just home after a fabulous trip to the sub-antarctic islands of New Zealand. Hard to tell what is most memorable, but seeing a baby Southern Royal Albatross being fed a half-dozen whole squid just a few feet away from us was amazing. The birds were fantastic, headlined by the mythical Taiko, which buzzed the ship early one morning. The Heritage team did a great job of keeping us safe and teaching us about the wonders of these magical destinations.

Peter Kaestner

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