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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
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
You won't find them mentioned in a travel brochure, 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 South Pacific - these are the 'forgotten islands'. Despite their low profile, …
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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
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Listen to the names: Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland, Campbell, Macquarie and Chatham Islands. They are music to the ears of ‘Birders'. Apart from the Chathams, these islands are probably more isolated now than when they were discovered in the late 1700s and early 1800s and were …
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This is without doubt one of the most inspirational and informative journeys or expeditions into the Southern Ocean ecosystem that one can make anywhere in the world. Long recognized for their rich biodiversity, the subantarctic Islands lying to the south of New Zealand are UNESCO World Heritage …
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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
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
On this special 35-day expedition cruise, explore the remote lands and waters of Antarctica. Visit the Bay of Whales, along with historic and wildlife sites on Ross Island and the western coastline of the Ross Sea. Every year a small number of Antarctic enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to Ross …
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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
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Visit the sub-Antarctic islands of Macquarie, Campbell, Auckland, and The Snares on the Caledonian Sky, 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 …
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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
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
The Ross Sea region of Antarctica is one of the most remote places on Planet Earth and one of the most fascinating places in the continent's human history. With shipping restricted by impenetrable pack ice to just two brief months each austral summer, few people have ever visited this strange …
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Seals in Antarctica with zodiac in background
$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
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
The Ross Sea region of Antarctica is one of the most remote places on Planet Earth and one of the most fascinating places in the continent's human history. With shipping restricted by impenetrable pack ice to just two brief months each austral summer, few people have ever visited this strange …
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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
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Board the 48-passenger small ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy, to explore the remote shores of East Antarctica on this 27-day itinerary that follows in the footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson. Many consider Sir Douglas Mawson the grandfather of Antarctic Science. The Australian Antarctic Expedition of …
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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
Activities: Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Join the crew of the Spirit of Enderby on this amazing 18-day cruise to Papua New Guinea via Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, Melanesia and the Solomon Islands. This expedition incorporates many of the key birding areas in the South West Pacific, cruising from New Zealand and following the path of …
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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
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Helicopter Tour, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This is your ultimate chance to sail to the southern parts of the Antarctic peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas into the Ross Sea, visiting Shackleton’s and Scott’s huts, Mc Murdo Station, the Dry Valleys and Campbell Island Island. This 32-day voyage offers …
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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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