Day 1: Dunedin, New ZealandEmbark the ship in the afternoon and meet your Expedition Team and attend a safety briefing. Enjoy time to familiarize yourself with your new home away from home, and meet fellow travelers.
Day 2: The SnaresUnlike other Sub-Antarctic Islands that were greatly affected by the whaling and sealing industry in the 19th century, The Snares remain one of the last near pristine areas in New Zealand. The islands are home to endemic bird species such as Snares Crested Penguin, Island Snipe, Fernbird and Black Tomtit, as well as several endemic invertebrates.
Day 3: Enderby Island / Auckland IslandEnderby Island is perched on the Campbell Plateau and is composed of eroding volcanic remains, much like the main Auckland Island. Look for the Yellow-eyed Penguin, New Zealand Bellbird and Red-Crowned Parakeet, as well as Southern Royal Albatross which nest on the plateau. Auckland Island is the primary breeding ground for the world’s most rare and endangered Hooker sea lion, and it’s also the breeding ground for 30% of the world’s population of Yellow-Eyed Penguins.
Day 4: At SeaA leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Begin perhaps with a late breakfast and another cup of coffee or tea during the first of the day’s lectures. Hear fascinating tales of adventure and learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of fields.
Days 5 - 6: Maquarie Island, Australia, Sub-Antarctic IslandsDiscovered Australian Frederick Hasselborough in 1810, Macquarie Island lies in the southwest corner of the Pacific Ocean, about halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica. Known as Australia’s Sub-Antarctic jewel, this small island is home to a large variety of wildlife including thousands of seals and millions of penguins. Designated a World Heritage Site, the island’s only human inhabitants maintain the Macquarie Island Station with a fluctuating population of 20 to 40 people.
Weather and tides will play heavily on the decisions made by the Captain and Expedition Leader to make the most of our two days visiting the island. Possibilities include visiting a King Penguin colony of more than 200,000 pairs, seeing colonies of Rock Hopper, Royal and Gentoo Penguins. In addition, observe some of the 72 species of birds including the wandering, black-browed, grey-headed and light-mantled sooty albatross; and several types of seals such as the elephant, leopard and fur seals.
Day 7: At SeaA leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Begin perhaps with a late breakfast and another cup of coffee or tea during the first of the day’s lectures. Hear fascinating tales of adventure and learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of fields.
Day 8: Campbell IslandCampbell Island, New Zealand’s southernmost sovereign territory was farmed and used for sealing and whaling until 1954 when it became a reserve and World Heritage Site. With six breeding species of albatross and mollymawks, Campbell is outstanding among the world’s albatross islands, and supports the main population of southern royal albatrosses.
Day 9: At SeaEnjoy a relaxing day at sea. Perhaps you’ll join a lecture, reflect on your travels thus far or meet with new friends and share your stories. Whatever you find on your personal agenda, know that personable staff is at the ready to serve you.
Days 10 - 11: Bounty Island / Antipodes Islands,Sub-Antarctic IslandsIn 1788, shortly before the famous mutiny on the Bounty, Captain William Bligh landed here and named the island group after his ship. This bare and windswept group of 22 slippery granite rocks is the most remote and least visited of New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Island. Yet in spite of their hostile environment, the islands manage to host thousands of seabirds in summer, including the world’s most rare cormorant, the Bounty Island Shag. The islands are also the stronghold for Erect-crested Penguin, which breed among the albatross. All Bounty Islands are designated “minimum-impact islands,” with no tourist landing; explore by Zodiac cruising along the shoreline.
Day 12: Pitt Island, Chatham IslandsThe second largest island in the Chatham Archipelago, Pitt Island is surprisingly different from Chatham Island. The indigenous Moriori called the island Rangiaotea or Rangihaute; their archaeological remains are found almost everywhere here. Look for the Pitt Island Shag, endemic to these islands.
Day 13: Chatham IslandLocated 466 miles (750 km) east of New Zealand's South Island, these isolated islands are renowned for their peace and tranquility. Relax on deserted beaches, explore moody landscapes, catch fish, hike through scenic reserves and discover unique plant and bird life. The islands were first inhabited by the Moriori people, Polynesians with similar origins to the New Zealand Maori. European sealers and whalers were the next to arrive, followed by Maori from the New Zealand mainland. Today’s Chatham Islanders share both Moriori and Maori ancestry.
Day 14: At SeaYour last full day at sea is yours for the taking. Enjoy everything the ship has to offer to your heart's content.
Day 15: Napier, New ZealandThe iconic Cape Kidnappers is home to the world’s largest mainland Gannet colony. Get up close to these amazing birds on a drive along the stunning coastline of Hawke’s Bay to Cape Kidnappers. Stop within just a few yards of the colony to watch the entertaining antics of these huge birds. Watch as gannets swoop and dive into the sea for food, while others preen themselves or perform the ritual dance of recognition. Enjoy the scenery and learn the history of the region on your way back to Napier. The country’s oldest winemaking region is renowned for its award-winning red wines, fresh produce and artisan food producers. Known as the “Art Deco Capital of the World”, admire Napier’s world-class collection of architecture while returning to the ship.
Day 16: Wellington, New ZealandFollowing breakfast, disembark the vessel.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Suite accommodations; onboard meals and entertainment; butler service; parka; backpack; water bottle; gratuities aboard ship (except spa); complimentary beverages aboard ship (including select wines, champagnes, spirits, soda, water and coffee).
Airfare; transfers and luggage handling; optional shore excursions; park entrance fees; government fees and taxes; passport and visa expenses; some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars; laundry or valet services; items of a personal nature such as boutique purchases, medical care, and spa services; fuel surcharge may apply.