This is without doubt one of the most inspirational and informative journeys or expeditions into the Southern Ocean ecosystem that one can make anywhere in the world. Long recognised for their rich biodiversity, the Sub-Antarctic 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. Access to these islands is by permit only. On this expedition we offer you the unique chance to explore these wonderful places in the company of some of the most knowledgeable and passionate guides.
The name we have given to this voyage ‘Galapagos of the Southern Ocean’ reflects the astounding natural biodiversity and the importance of these islands as a wildlife refuge. The flora is equally fascinating with the majority of it being endemic to these islands.
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. This is your chance to see Australia & New Zealand’s Antarctic backyard. This expedition includes four of the Sub-Antarctic Islands; The Snares, Auckland, Macquarie and Campbell. Each one is different and each one is unique, just like this expedition.