Galapagos of the
Southern Ocean

13 days / 12 nights
Ex Invercargill or Dunedin (New Zealand)

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1300 363 302
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The Galapagos of the Southern Ocean expedition offers one of the most inspirational and in-depth journeys into this remarkable region of the world.

The Subantarctic islands to the south of New Zealand have long been recognised for their rich biodiversity, with many awarded vital UNESCO World Heritage status. To put this in some perspective, there are only 180 other natural sites on the planet that have been classed as ‘the most important and significant natural habitats. Protection by the Australian and New Zealand governments access is strictly limited to a handful of permits.

The expedition offers guests the exclusive opportunity to explore, photograph and learn about these wonderful places, accompanied by knowledgeable and passionate guides. Located in the cool temperate zone the islands are home to a plethora of wildlife including albatross, penguins, petrels, shearwaters and marine mammals like sea lions, fur seals and elephant seals.

The voyage visits four of the islands including The Snares, Auckland, Macquarie and Campbell Island.

Inclusions

  • Pre/Post cruise transfers
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in a twin share room (incl. dinner/breakfast)
  • All on board ship accommodation with meals
  • All expedition shore excursions.

Exclusions:

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Laundry
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities.
  • International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance

Additional fees:

  • USD $880 per person Landing Fees
  • Experience expedition travel on an oceanographic research vessel
  • Small ship cruising with a maximum of only 50 passengers onboard
  • Explore beautiful subantarctic islands including Enderby and Campbell islands
  • Keep an eye out for roaming seabirds including 5 different species of Albatross
  • Macquarie Island – the only place in the world where the Royal Penguin breeds.
  • Stunning Campbell island with its rocky inlets and sea stacks

Invercargill is located near the very bottom of New Zealand’s South Island.

There are no direct flights from any Australian cities, meaning travellers must fly via major New Zealand cities such as Auckland and Christchurch. Both cities offer regular flights to Invercargill. The closest major city is Dunedin, approximately 2.5 hours drive north-east.

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13 Days  |  ex Invercargill or Dunedin (New Zealand)

Day 1

Invercargill or Dunedin
On arrival in Invercargill transfer to your hotel (TBC) You will have time to get a few last-minute items for your trip and explore the town, rich in Scottish history. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers over dinner.

Day 2

Port of Bluff or Otago Harbour
Today you will be transferred to the port where staff will welcome you onboard. You will have time to settle into your cabin before your adventure begins.

Day 3

The Snares – North East Island

The largest of The Snares, some claim North East Island is home to more nesting seabirds than all of the British Isles together. Discover the island by Zodiac, cruising the rugged coastline and learn how the islands got their name. Species you may encounter on the imposing cliffs include Snares Crested Penguins, Cape Petrel and Buller’s Albatross. Antarctic Terns, White-fronted Terns, Red-billed Gulls, Tomtits and Fernbirds are some of the other species you may see.

Day 4

Auckland Islands – Enderby Island
Named after the same renowned shipping family as the Spirit of Enderby expedition vessel, Enderby Island is a great birding location – there is every chance to see the famous Southern Royal Albatross and Northern Giant Petrel. You may also see the rare New Zealand (or Hooker’s) Sea Lion at Sandy Bay, one of three breeding grounds on the Auckland Islands.

Day 5

Auckland Islands – Carnley Harbour

These islands have witnessed many a shipwreck in days gone by. Loaded in human history, they harbour tales of castaways, bullion and Coastwatchers through to today’s scientific visitors. Today we land in Carnley Harbour and, if weather and sea conditions permit, visit the Shy Mollymawk colony at South West Cape or, if weather is not suitable, we will select one of a number of other sites available to us.

Day 6

At Sea
Today, the ship travels through an area known as the Furious Fifties in the tumultuous Southern Ocean. Onboard, learn more about the flora and fauna as you prepare for your arrival at Macquarie Island. Keep an eye out for birdlife as this area offers great birding opportunities – particularly for Albatross. Species you may see include the Wandering Albatross, Royal Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Salvin’s Albatross, Grey-headed Albatross, Northern and Southern Giant Petrel, Sooty Shearwater and Little Shearwater. Other species to be on the lookout for include the Soft-plumaged Petrel, Mottled Petrel, Grey-backed Storm-Petrel and the Black-bellied Storm-Petrel.

Days 7/8

Macquarie Island
Macquarie Island is incredibly important for penguins. Home to the magnificent Royal Penguin, the island is the only place in the world where this beautiful species breeds. Three other species of penguin, the King, Gentoo and Rockhopper also breed here. A visit to a noisy penguin rookery is an experience you will never forget – with feeding chicks, territorial disputes and courtship displays all occurring. These small birds show no fear of human visitors. And will often wander up to you to get a closer look. The penguin show is all going on around the hundreds of Southern Elephant Seals that relax and loll along the beaches and dunes. Guests will be accompanied by the scientists and Park Rangers based on the island.

Day 9

At Sea
The ship heads north once more towards Campbell Island. Today you are invited to join the captain on the bridge and keep a keen lookout for birds and whales. Today there will also be briefings and lectures on Campbell Island in preparation for your visit.

Days 10/11

Campbell Island – Perseverance Harbour
Spend two days exploring the island by foot taking in the stunning panorama of rocky islets and sea stacks. It was once a lonely outpost for seal hunters, the island has been returned to nature. Take a walk to the nesting site of the Southern Royal Albatross at Col Lyall or walk across to Northwest Bay and see the strange and beautiful megaherbs (huge pink and yellow wild flowers) on the hills. Other birdlife and wildlife you may see include Campbell Island Shags, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross and young male sea lions that test their strength on the beaches.

Day 12

At Sea
Enjoy a final day onboard as you relax and reflect on a remarkable journey.  Join your fellow guests and naturalist guides for a recap of your trip highlights and enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 13

Invercargill
Arrive into Port of Bluff early in the morning. After breakfast, customs formalities and a last-minute opportunity to bid farewell to your expedition team, disembark and transfer to downtown Invercargill or Invercargill Airport.

Please note: Voyages depart from either Invercargill or Dunedin, please contact us for exact departure details.

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