Subantarctic Islands: In Focus

Spirit of Enderby Cruise Ship
Spirit of Enderby
50 Passengers
Ross Sea

Photographic expedition to the Snares, Campbell & Auckland islands
Enjoy a rare opportunity to join celebrated wildlife photographer Tui De Roy on an expedition to extensively photograph New Zealand’s ‘forgotten islands’.  Auckland, Campbell and The Snares Islands are amongst the most remarkable wildlife reserves in the Southern Ocean.  Designated UNESCO World Heritage sites, afforded the highest protection of any of the nature reserves in New Zealand, they remain remote, uninhabited and highly protected by the New Zealand Department of Conservation that strictly limits the number of people allowed to land there each year.

On this photography focused voyage, extra time will be spent on these islands in the pursuit of the very best New Zealand natural history images.  With a seasoned artist of Tui’s Subantarctic experience and calibre offering her expertise and the right mix of weather and light, the chances are high that the expedition will yield a few 2016 NZ Geographic Photographer of the year entries and who knows maybe even a winner.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Invercargill
Day 2 Port of Bluff
Day 3 The Snares and North East Island
Days 4 to 6 Enderby and Auckland Islands
Days 7 to 9 Campbell Island
Day 10 At Sea
Day 11 Invercargill

Day 1 — Invercargill

Meet your fellow voyagers and expedition staff for an informal get-together over dinner at the hotel, where you will stay overnight.

Day 2 — Port of Bluff

We transfer you to the Port of Bluff where the staff welcome you on board the Spirit of Enderby and as you settle into your cabin, our adventure begins.

Day 3 — The Snares and North East Island

Departing from the Port of Bluff, our first shot at world class wildlife photos should be The Snares, a jagged outcrop of rocks in the Roaring 40’s. These are honey-combed with seabird burrows, home to over a million Sooty Shearwaters (known locally as ‘Mutton Birds’) as well as the Snares Crested Penguin, Fernbird and Tomtit, all of which are endemic. We’ll hope for soft light and calm seas as we take to the Zodiacs to photograph the tree daisy forest along the dramatic Snares’ coastline.

Days 4 to 6 — Enderby and Auckland Islands

We plan to maximize the daylight hours ashore over two full days at Port Ross in the Auckland Islands amongst Enderby Island’s endemic wildlife. A number of fascinating photographic sites beckon at our next anchorage scheduled for Carnley Harbor in the south of the Auckland Islands. These include a Shy Albatross colony, abandoned Coastwatcher’s huts, a shipwreck and castaway depots. The hunt for good light and forgiving weather windows will dictate our program.

Days 7 to 9 — Campbell Island

Our southernmost stop at Campbell Island offers highly photogenic flowering fields of ‘megaherbs’. An extra day here also offers the world’s best opportunity to capture images of nesting Southern Royal Albatross and hopefully we can catch the endemic Campbell Island Flightless Teal and Snipe in a frame or two as well.

Day 10 — At Sea

At sea en route to the Port of Bluff, take the opportunity to relax and reflect on an amazing experience. We will recap the highlights of our expedition and enjoy a farewell dinner tonight as we complete the last few miles of our journey.

Day 11 — Invercargill

We arrive at the Port of Bluff early in the morning. After breakfast, customs formalities and a last minute opportunity to bid farewell to your expedition team, you disembark and board our complimentary coach transfer to downtown Invercargill or Invercargill Airport.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Kayaking on: Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific, Dec 14th - $550/person, Galapagos of the Southern Ocean, Dec 21 - $975/person.

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