You won't hear much in the media about these rarely visited but majestic sub-antarctic islands which lie south of New Zealand. The 'forgotten islands' - The Snares, Auckland & Campbell Islands, have long been recognised for their rich biodiversity. UNESCO placed 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. While zodiac cruising at The Snares we hope to see the endemic Snares Crested Penguin, whilst in the Auckland's we can hike through the magnificent windswept Rata forests of Enderby Island. We then head back to the winding fiords of Fiordland to travel the calm waters away from the crowds, on the lookout for marine life, elusive birds and stunning vistas. Established in 1952, Fiordland National Park is now over 1.2 million hectares in size, and encompasses mountain, lake, fiord and rainforest environments. We plan to explore some of the most unique and wild parts of Fiordland as we sail though the beautiful fiords and landscapes. We will also explore Stewart Island's Ulva Island, free of introduced pests and home to a range of birdlife. Stewart Island, New Zealand's 3rd largest island is rich in history and wildlife, we will take the time to enjoy Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara, to listen to the native bird song and take a closer look at the history of Paterson Inlet.
Walk on New Zealand's rarely visited sub-antarctic islands
See the 'mega herbs' found only on these islands
Encounter amazing wildlife including various types of albatross, petrels, penguins and the rare Hooker Sea Lion
Visit Auckland Islands, the largest of the New Zealand and Subantarctic Islands with a rich variety of vegetation and wildlife
Explore islands classified by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as a world centre of floristic diversity
Photograph the 35 vascular plants only found in the region – and no where else in the world!
Cruise the remote ice-carved mountains, verdant forests and winding fiords of Fiordland
1 night hotel
A range of cabins are available on the ship. Please ask us for more details
Although there is no commitment to extended walking on this journey, we nonetheless want to keep the ‘accent on the active’. We therefore advise that any physical training you complete before undertaking the trip will be to good effect.