Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand

Caledonian Sky Cruise Ship
Caledonian Sky - Z
100 Passengers
Sub-Antarctic Islands

The vegetation, wildlife, and landscapes of New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands are strikingly varied, and this exciting expedition transects through it all!  Stewart Island’s lack of introduced mammalian predators make it perhaps THE best place to see the intact avifauna of the South Island, while sitting with nesting southern royal albatrosses at Campbell Island reveals the massive size of these great Southern Ocean seabirds. But the highlight may be stepping ashore at Macquarie Island, with its king and royal penguin colonies.

Highlights of this epic journey include:
• Visit the sub-Antarctic islands of Macquarie, Campbell, Auckland, and The Snares—Zegrahm is among a small, exclusive number of operators that hold permits to travel to these far-flung isles.
• Observe several albatross species—wandering, black-browed, gray-headed, light-mantled sooty, and northern and southern royal—as well as colonies of king, royal, rockhopper, and gentoo penguins.
• Search the elfin forests for yellow-eyed penguins, bellbirds, tomtits, and red-crowned parakeets.
• Cruise through Milford, Dusky, and Doubtful sounds, a supremely scenic land of soaring cliffs and plunging waterfalls.

Inclusions
Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises; all gratuities; all accommodations; world-class lecture and expedition team; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear; medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

NOTE: Dates listed in this itinerary include travel days to/from the USA. International travel to/from USA is not included in the posted rate for this trip.

Brief Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 Depart USA
Day 3 Dunedin, New Zealand
Day 4 Dunedin / Embark Caledonian Sky
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 Enderby, Auckland Islands
Day 7 At Sea
Days 8 & 9 Macquarie Island, Australia
Day 10 At Sea
Day 11 Campbell Island, New Zealand
Day 12 The Snares Islands
Day 13 Stewart Island / Ulva Island
Day 14 Dusky & Breaksea Sounds, Fiordland National Park
Day 15 Doubtful Sound
Day 16 Milford Sound / Disembark / Queenstown
Day 17 Queenstown
Day 18 Queenstown / USA

Days 1 & 2 — Depart USA

Board your independent flight to New Zealand. Lose a day crossing the International Date Line.

Day 3 — Dunedin, New Zealand

Arrive in Dunedin and transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 — Dunedin / Embark Caledonian Sky

Today, choose one of two local discovery options: Take a drive to Taiaroa Head to visit the world-famous northern royal albatross colony; then, observe and photograph yellow-eyed penguins at close range. Or, enjoy a scenic train ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway, then join a local historian for a walk through the heart of enchanting Dunedin, viewing the distinct Edwardian and Victorian architectural styles of First Church and St. Paul Cathedral. Board the Caledonian Sky this afternoon.

Day 5 — At Sea

Join naturalists for lectures and on deck to look for royal, shy, and Buller’s albatross, plus a host of southern ocean petrels as we cruise to Enderby Island.

Day 6 — Enderby, Auckland Islands

Today nature walks lead you through lush vegetation and rata forests to visit nesting southern royal albatross. Station yourself near a beach covered with Hooker’s sea lions to watch yellow-eyed penguins, one of the rarest penguins in the world, as they return to their nesting sites. In the elfin forest, search for bellbirds, tomtits, and red-crowned parakeets.

Day 7 — At Sea

Our lecture series continues with recaps on Enderby and briefings on our next sub-Antarctic landings.

Days 8 & 9 — Macquarie Island, Australia

Spend two days exploring Macquarie Island. Though tides and weather will determine our landings, we hope to visit a king penguin colony as well as colonies of royal and gentoo penguins. A variety of birds, as well as elephant and fur seals, can be found set against a background of mountains and tussock-covered headlands. Several species of albatross breed here, as well as Macquarie Island cormorants, and northern and southern giant petrels.

Day 10 — At Sea

Spend a relaxing and educational day at sea as our lecture series continues.

Day 11 — Campbell Island, New Zealand

Campbell Island is home to a multitude of seabirds, marine mammals, and unique sub-Antarctic megaherbs. Photographic opportunities include frame-filling encounters with southern royal albatross, as well as Hooker’s sea lions. Birders search for the endemic Campbell teal and Campbell snipe; both species were previously believed to be extinct.

Day 12 — The Snares Islands

Board Zodiacs for a cruise around The Snares Islands. This nature reserve is home to millions of breeding sooty shearwaters, as well as Buller’s albatross, Cape petrels, and endemic Snares crested penguins.

Day 13 — Stewart Island / Ulva Island

Peaceful Stewart Island is home to fewer than 500 inhabitants. Explore the coastline before anchoring near Oban. Local guides lend insight into the island’s unique environment and Maori history. Nearby Ulva Island is a predator-free sanctuary with lush temperate rainforest. It is a wonderful place to view the South Island robin, South Island saddleback, yellowhead, and the curious weka, a flightless rail.

Day 14 — Dusky & Breaksea Sounds, Fiordland National Park

Today is devoted to Fiordland National Park, a nearly uninhabited wilderness with breathtakingly beautiful fjords filled with wildlife. Part of Te Wahipounamu Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fiordland National Park is famed for spectacular glacier-carved waterways and unique flora and fauna. In Dusky Sound explore by Zodiacs to discover rainforest luxuriant with tree ferns, mosses, and lichens and visit Astronomer’s Point, the site of a temporary observatory established during Captain Cook’s 1773 voyage. The forests and waterways are home to many birds—bellbirds, tuis, fantails, and the kereru, a large native wood pigeon.

Day 15 — Doubtful Sound

Keep your binoculars ready as the ship slowly cruises Doubtful Sound, inspecting the coves where rare Fiordland crested penguins are sometimes found.

Day 16 — Milford Sound / Disembark / Queenstown

Be on deck this morning to watch the panorama of Milford’s sheer cliff faces, which rise thousands of feet almost vertically from the water’s edge, as well as the crashing waters of Bowen and Stirling Falls and the stunning mile-high Mitre Peak. Disembark for a short drive to the picturesque town of Te Anau for lunch. Continue to Queenstown, with dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Day 17 — Queenstown

Today choose one of two excursion options, designed to highlight Queenstown’s natural and cultural attributes. Journey through the dramatic Lord of the Rings landscapes of Central Otago and meet the winemakers of the world’s southernmost wine-producing region. Or, take a thrilling jet boat ride amongst stunning scenery, then ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak. Alternatively, you may choose to explore Queenstown on your own, browsing the private studios, gardens, and galleries of internationally renowned artists. Return to the hotel for a farewell dinner and overnight.

Day 18 — Queenstown / USA

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

Note:
We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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   Category 1
Ocean-view staterooms on the Castle Deck are 244 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and three portholes.
   Category 2
Ocean-view staterooms on the Caledonian Deck are 232 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and one window.
   Category 3
Ocean-view staterooms on the Promenade Deck are 217 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and one window plus one porthole.
   Category 4
Ocean-view staterooms on the Promenade Deck are 217 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and a sliding mirrored glass door leading directly to the promenade.
   Category 5
Ocean-view staterooms on the Promenade Deck are 243 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and a sliding mirrored glass door leading directly to the promenade.
   Category 6
Ocean-view staterooms on the Bridge Deck are 260 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and a sliding glass door leading to a private balcony.