Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific aboard Heritage Adventurer

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    28 December, 2022 to 04 January, 2023

    You won’t find them mentioned in a travel brochure on your high street; you won’t find them in most guidebooks, you probably don’t know anyone that has ever been there and they don’t even appear on some maps of the New Zealand’s South Pacific – these are the ‘forgotten islands’. Despite their low profile, they are among the most remarkable wildlife reserves in the Southern Ocean, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites and afforded the highest protection of any nature reserves in New Zealand. Remote, uninhabited and on no regular shipping route, access is further restricted by a strict Management Plan which limits the number of people allowed ashore each year.

    Departing the Port of Bluff, Invercargill, the first of these islands we visit are The Snares. No landings are permitted because the islands are honey-combed with seabird burrows. Of particular interest are the Snares Crested Penguin, Snares Island Tomtit and Fernbird – all of which are endemic. We should see them all as we enjoy the dramatic coastline and tree daisy forest from our Zodiac cruise.

    In the Auckland Islands, the largest of the island groups, we will have the chance to spend the day ashore on Enderby Island, arguably the most amazing Subantarctic Island.

    Here you can hike through the windswept Rata forests, and along the exposed coastal cliffs. The wildlife is never far away and its lack of fear means close encounters, great for photography and observations. In Carnley Harbour, in the south of the Auckland Islands, there are a number of fascinating sites including a Shy Albatross colony, abandoned Coastwatcher’s huts, a shipwreck and castaway depots that we can visit. The weather will dictate what we do.

    Campbell Island, the southernmost island of this expedition, is an example of what can be achieved in restoring islands. Over the years sheep, cattle, cats and finally rats have all been eradicated with the island rapidly recovering. The great English botanist Sir Joseph Hooker, a friend of Charles Darwin, visited Campbell Island in the 1840s and described the flowering fields of megaherbs as “second to none outside of the tropics”. We can now say the same following the removal of these introduced animals. This island is also the home of the majestic Southern Royal Albatross, and the endemic Campbell Island Flightless Teal and Snipe.

    These islands represent a priceless ecosystem. Joining this expedition redefines natural history travel and will leave you wishing you could have spent more time there.

    Day 1: Queenstown
    Day 2: Port of Bluff
    Day 3: At Sea
    Day 4: Campbell Island
    Day 5: Auckland Islands – Carnley Harbour
    Day 6: Auckland Islands – Enderby Island
    Day 7: The Snares – North East Island
    Day 8: Stewart Island/ Invercargill/Queenstown

    During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed. Landings at the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand are by permit only as administered by the Government of New Zealand. No landings are permitted at The Snares.

    Main Deck Triple Cabins NZD$7,259 pp

    Superior Triple Cabins NZD$7735 pp

    Superior Cabin Deck 4 NZD$8711 pp

    Superior Cabin Deck 5 NZD9157$ pp

    Main Deck Single NZD$10684 pp, Superior Single NZD$11,279pp

    Worsley Suite NZD$11309 pp, Heritage Suite NZD$17235 pp

    Additional charges: Landing Fees: NZD$596 pp

    • Voyage on board in selected cabin cateogy
    • Pre/Post cruise transfers
    • Experienced expedition leader and team
    • All meals while on board
    • All expedition shore excusions
    • Suites include complimentary mini bar, in-room dining and a US$100 pp spa gift voucher
    • International and Domestic flights, both commercial and charter
    • Travel insurance
    • Passport and visa costs if applicable
    • Beverages on board
    • Gratuities
    • Any items of a personal nature including laundry