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As the temperatures drop, the adventure rises! No matter which cruise you choose, the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand will not disappoint. Your expedition will take you in the footsteps of explorers like Scott & Shackleton, as you witness some of the most dynamic wildlife on the planet. Considered by some to be the "Galapagos of the Southern Ocean" for its wealth of biodiversity, your cruise will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Southern Islands, like Auckland Islands, the Snares, Campbell Island, and the Antipodes Islands. Each of these destinations hosts fascinating bird species, such as the Royal penguin, endemic parakeet species, and a variety of other birds, and also native mammals, like elephant and fur seals and sea lions. This also serves as the doorway to the frigid Antarctic.
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Penguins rushing up the rocky shore.
$4,300
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Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific

8 Day Itinerary aboard Spirit of Enderby
  • Discover remote New Zealand
  • Hike through windswept rata forests
  • Visit abandoned WWII huts
  • Explore amazing wildlife reserves
  • Witness flowering megaherbs
The islands lying just south of New Zealand are among the most remarkable wildlife reserves in the South Pacific. The Snares, Auckland Islands, and Campbell Island are all UNESCO World Heritage sites with pristine ecosystems. Discover the landscapes and wildlife of these remote islands on this 8-day cruise aboard the Spirit of Enderby.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing
Places: New Zealand, South Pacific, Campbell Island, Carnley Harbor, Enderby Island, Invercargill, The Snares
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A beautiful ocean view.
$10,500
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Birding Down Under

19 Day Itinerary aboard Spirit of Enderby
  • Visit the best islands for birding
  • See the Albatross Latitudes
  • Marvel at diverse seabird colonies
  • Learn about the islands' ecologies
Embark the Spirit of Enderby for a 19-day birding extravaganza. Visit isolated islands that host some of the most diverse and unique bird species in the world. To get a closer look at these islands and their wildlife, enjoy excursions in Zodiac dinghies and explore further with shore landings.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica, New Zealand, South Pacific, Antipodes Island, Campbell Island, Carnley Harbor, Dunedin, Enderby Island, Invercargill, Macquarie Island, Rangatira (South East Island), The Bounty Islands, The Snares, Waitangi
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Traveler photographing the unique plant life.
$6,600
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Macquarie Island Expedition: Galapagos of the Southern Ocean

13 Day Itinerary aboard Spirit of Enderby
  • Explore Macquarie Island
  • Venture on Zodiac excursions
  • View a vast array of endemic birds
  • Appreciate the rich biodiversity
  • Enjoy additional discovery by kayak
Embark on the Spirit of Enderby for a 13-day exploration of the subantarctic islands the Snares, Auckland's, Macquarie, and Campbell. The rich biodiversity of these islands provide ample opportunity to watch and photograph unique wildlife. Expert naturalists aboard the ship provide a wealth of information as they guide you through the islands.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Campbell Island, Carnley Harbor, Enderby Island, Invercargill, Macquarie Island, Port of Bluff, The Snares
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Penguins walking around on icebergs.
$23,500
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In the Wake of Ross, Amundsen, and Scott

35 Day Itinerary aboard Spirit of Enderby
  • Discover remote lands and waters
  • Follow the routes of past explorers
  • Travel south to the Bay of Whales
  • Visit unique subantarctic islands
  • Enjoy excursions in zodiacs
Channel your inner explorer on this 35-day exploration of Antarctica and subantarctic islands aboard the Spirit of Enderby. Discover the isolated islands of Balleny and Macquarie, enjoy excursions in Zodiac dinghies, and learn about the region's history and nature from expert naturalists and guides.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica, New Zealand, Ross Sea, South Pacific, Auckland Islands, Campbell Island, Christchurch, Invercargill, Macquarie Island, Macquarie Island Sea, Port of Bluff, Southern Ocean, The Snares
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A beautiful view of Milford Sound.
$14,980
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Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand

16 Day Itinerary aboard Caledonian Sky
  • Visit remote sub-Antarctic islands
  • Observe albatross & penguin species
  • Cruise through scenic sounds
  • Step ashore on Ulva Island
One of the few operators allowed to travel the far-flung isles of the Tasman Sea, join the Caledonian Sky on a 16-day journey through the Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand, as well as Macquarie Island. Observe several albatross species, huge colonies of penguins, and island endemics including melodious bellbirds and red-crowned parakeets.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica, New Zealand, South Pacific, Campbell Island, Doubtful Sound, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, Enderby Island, Macquarie Island, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Stewart Island, The Snares
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Albatrosses squack at the sky.
$22,300
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In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton

30 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Shokalskiy
  • Visit the Ross Sea region
  • Experience nature on a grand scale
  • View relics of early exploration
  • Observe penguins, seals, and whales
Embark the Akademik Shokalskiy for an unforgettable 30-day Antarctica expedition cruise. Discover one of the most fascinating and remote places on the planet. Guided by expert naturalists and skilled navigators, explore the frozen landscapes and observe the wildlife that calls Antarctica home.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica, New Zealand, Ross Sea, South Pacific, Auckland Islands, Campbell Island, Christchurch, Invercargill, Macquarie Island, Port of Bluff, The Snares
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A single penguin on Antarctica.
$20,000
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In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton

30 Day Itinerary aboard Spirit of Enderby
  • Visit the Ross Sea region
  • Experience nature on a grand scale
  • View relics of early exploration
  • Observe penguins, seals, and whales
  • Enjoy shore landings on islands
Embark the Spirit of Enderby for an unforgettable 30-day Antarctica expedition cruise. Discover one of the most fascinating and remote places on the planet. Guided by expert naturalists and skilled navigators, explore the frozen landscapes and observe the wildlife that calls Antarctica home.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica, New Zealand, Ross Sea, South Pacific, Auckland Islands, Campbell Island, Invercargill, Macquarie Island, Port of Bluff, The Snares
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Travelers trek across the arctic landscape.
$16,000
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East Antarctica: In the Wake of Mawson

27 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Shokalskiy
  • Explore remote East Antarctica
  • Experience Mawson's Hut
  • See penguins on Macquarie island
  • Zodiac cruise rugged coastlines
  • Pass the Antarctic Circle
Channel your inner explorer as you follow in the footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson on this 27-day expedition cruise into the heart of East Antarctica. Along the way, visit Subantarctic islands, bird and wildlife watch, and discover relics of Mawson's early expedition.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica, New Zealand, South Pacific, Auckland Islands, Campbell Island, Commonwealth Bay Antarctica, Invercargill, Macquarie Island, Port of Bluff, The Snares
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South West Pacific Cruise Pictures
$6,300
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South West Pacific Odyssey

18 Day Itinerary aboard Spirit of Enderby
  • Discover exotic wildlife
  • Snorkel and swim off remote beaches
  • Observe adapting flora and fauna
  • Immerse yourself in local life
  • Gain knowledge from local guides
Embark on the Spirit of Enderby on this 18-day cruise to Papua New Guinea! Renowned for the opportunities to see some of the rarest pelagic seabirds in the world, this Western Pacific Odyssey is a 'must do' for any birder.
Activities: Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South Pacific, Anuta Island, Coral Sea, Hauraki Gulf, Honiara, Kolombangara Island, New Caledonia, New Ireland, Norfolk Island, Rabaul, Santa Ana Island, Santa Isabel Island, Tasman Sea, Tauranga
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Surfacing Humback Whales
$25,700
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Ross Sea Antarctic Odyssey

32 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Sail along the Ross Ice Shelf
  • Visit the U.S. McMurdo Station
  • See vast Adélie penguin colonies
  • Follow the routes of past explorers
Beginning in Ushuaia, Argentina embark on this epic 32-day expedition cruise of Antarctica aboard the Ortelius. Cruise across the Drake Passage, along the Antarctic Peninsula, into the Ross sea, and north through the Southern Ocean stopping to explore islands along the way.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Helicopter Tour, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, New Zealand, Ross Sea, South Pacific, Antarctic Polar Circle, Campbell Island, Drake Passage, Invercargill, Peter I Island, Port of Ushuaia
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Follow in the footsteps of legendary explorers like Shackleton as you journey through the Subantarctic Islands aboard a luxurious cruise ship. Along the way, you will encounter a veritable rainbow of wildlife, including entire "penguin cities," an aviary of native and endemic bird species, and the lounging elephant seals. Your New Zealand excursion will bring you to the most popular and even some of the more hidden islands in this part of the South Pacific.
Here's Adventure Life's top New Zealand Islands for a Wildlife Cruise
  • The Snares – You will see millions of sooty shearwaters and petrels and also the famous crested penguin along the steep cliffs of this small chain.
  • Auckland Islands – Land and sea birds abound in these islands, which were formed by two long-extinct volcanoes and broken apart by glaciers. This is also home to a stunning 19 endemic invertebrate species. 
  • Macquarie Island – Here, you will see the exclusive breeding spot of the royal penguin, along with three other species of penguins.
  • Campbell Island – This ruggedly steep island forms an important part of the UNESCO protected area  of the southern islands, and with such biodiversity you will see why!
  • Antipodes IslandDespite being an isolated destination, the Antipodes host the endemic pitpit & snipe among other curious bird species.

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