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Example 19 Day Cruise aboard Spirit of Enderby
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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 regularly visited by sealers, whalers, and government steamers searching for castaway sailors. It is relatively simple to get to the Chatham Islands but opportunities to visit the others are rare. This 19-day expedition on the Spirit of Enderby is the only one to include all of these islands.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive at Invercargill
Day 2 : Embark in Port of Bluff
Day 3 : The Snares | North East Island
Day 4 : Auckland Islands | Enderby Island
Day 5 : Auckland Islands | Carnley Harbour
Day 6 : At Sea
Days 7-8 : Macquarie Island
Day 9 : At Sea
Day 10 : Campbell Island | Perseverance Harbor
Day 11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Antipodes Island
Day 13 : The Bounty Islands
Day 14 : At Sea | Pyramid Rock
Day 15 : Chatham Islands | Waitangi
Day 16 : South East Island | Mangere Islands
Days 17-18 : At Sea
Day 19 : Disembark in Dunedin, New Zealand

Highlights

  • Visit Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland, Campbell, Macquarie & Chatham
  • See the Albatross Latitudes, where 10 different albatross species breed
  • Marvel at the most diverse collection of seabirds in the world
  • Learn about island ecology, botany, geology, and local history

Ship

Spirit of Enderby

Places Visited

  • Antarctica
  • New Zealand
  • South Pacific
  • Antipodes Island
  • Auckland Islands
  • Campbell Island
  • Carnley Harbor
  • Chatham Islands
  • Dunedin
  • Enderby Island
  • Invercargill
  • Macquarie Island
  • Rangatira (South East Island)
  • The Bounty Islands
  • The Snares
  • Waitangi

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A beautiful ocean view. Views from the Spirit of Enderby's Western Pacific Odyssey Travelers photographing the subantarctic landscape. The Red-crowned Parakeet. Tree cover on the islands of New Zealand.

Day 1 Arrive at Invercargill

  • 1 Dinner
Arrive at Invercargill, New Zealand’s southernmost city. Established by Scottish settlers, its wealth of rich farmland means that sheep and dairy farms predominate. This evening, meet your fellow adventurers and some of your ship's expedition team at an informal get-together and dinner at your hotel.

Day 2 Embark in Port of Bluff

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, enjoy a visit to the Southland Museum to view the special subantarctic display before transferring to the Port of Bluff where you can embark your ship, the Spirit of Enderby.

Day 3 The Snares | North East Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If weather and sea conditions are suitable, cruise by Zodiac along the sheltered eastern side of North East Island. You should see the endemic Snares crested penguin, Snares Island tomtit, and fernbirds. Also expect to see Cape pigeons, Antarctic terns, white-fronted terns, and red-billed gulls. There are hundreds of thousands of sooty shearwaters nesting here. Buller’s albatross breed here from late December onwards.

Day 4 Auckland Islands | Enderby Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enderby Island is a great place to view birds and wildlife. Visit Sandy Bay, the main breeding ground for the rare New Zealand (Hooker’s) sea lion and just one of three breeding grounds on the Auckland Islands. There are chances to observe the southern royal albatross, northern giant petrel, Auckland Island shag, Auckland Island flightless teal, Auckland Island banded dotterel, Auckland Island tomtit, bellbird, pipit, red-crowned parakeet, yellow-eyed penguin, and light-mantled sooty albatross. Be sure to also keep a lookout for the rare Subantarctic snipe. On Derry Castle Reef there is a good chance of seeing the bar-tailed godwit, turnstone, and perhaps other migratory waders.

Day 5 Auckland Islands | Carnley Harbour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
These islands have witnessed many a shipwreck in days gone by and harbor tales of castaways and coastwatchers. If weather and sea conditions are suitable, energetic expeditioners are able to climb to the southwest cape shy albatross colony where Gibson’s wandering albatross nest amongst the tussocks above the colony.

Day 6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Expect some of the best pelagic birding on this leg of the journey from the Auckland Islands to Macquarie Island with great views of species such as the royal albatrosses, wandering albatrosses, shy albatross, black-browed albatross, white-chinned petrel, diving-petrel, little shearwaters, storm-petrel and to confuse everybody, numerous prion species.

Day 7-8 Macquarie Island

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Arrive at Macquarie Island, the only place in the world to see the breeding royal penguin - there is an abundance of these here as this remote outpost supports a breathtaking concentration of wildlife. You won't soon forget your first experience of a noisy ‘penguin city’ where you are witness to a thousand chattering, feeding chicks, territorial disputes, petty pilfering, and courtship displays - king, gentoo, and rockhopper penguins can be seen here. Meet with park rangers and seek out the thousands of southern elephant seals lolling on the beaches and along the coast. Redpolls and imperial shag can often be spotted.

Day 9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At sea en route to Campbell Island, see a broad range of species, such as those seen while traveling to Macquarie Island from the Auckland Islands. Relax in the ship’s bar or catch up on your reading in the library.

Day 10 Campbell Island | Perseverance Harbor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Drop anchor in Perseverance Harbor. Once on shore walk to the nesting site of the southern royal albatross or to Northwest Bay, and pass beautiful megaherbs growing on the hills. During the day ashore you should see the Campbell Island shag, southern skua, Antarctic tern, dunnock, New Zealand pipit, Campbell Island teal, and hopefully the elusive Campbell Island snipe.

Day 11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join your crew and fellow passengers on the bridge, where all eyes are on lookout for species commonly seen in this area: black-browed albatross, Campbell Island albatross, light-mantled sooty albatross, Salvin’s albatross, sooty shearwater, and little shearwater. There should be plenty of petrels and again the hard-to-identify prion species.

Day 12 Antipodes Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Antipodes Island is one of the most isolated, least known, and rugged of New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands. Landings are not permitted here, so plan to cruise along the coastline by Zodiac looking for the endemic Antipodes Island and Reischek’s parakeet. You may also see the Antipodes subspecies of the New Zealand pipit, and with half the world population of erect-crested penguins here, you should encounter one or two as well as Antarctic terns and kelp gulls.

Day 13 The Bounty Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
These inhospitable granite islets are home to thousands of Salvin’s albatross, erect-crested penguins, fulmar prions and the endemic Bounty Island shag, the world’s rarest. At sea you should spot wandering albatross species, northern royal albatross, mottled petrel, soft-plumaged petrel, broad-billed prion, white-chinned petrel and black-bellied storm petrels as well as Wilson’s storm petrel.

Day 14 At Sea | Pyramid Rock

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the Spirit of Enderby continues toward the Chatham Archipelago, there are excellent opportunities for pelagic birding. Towards evening as your ship approaches the islands, take note that you are closer to the subantarctic and sub tropical convergence and you can begin to see a subtle change in the species composition. Late this afternoon arrive at the spectacular Pyramid Rock, the only breeding place of the Chatham Island albatross.

Day 15 Chatham Islands | Waitangi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning go ashore on the main island where you might see the endemic Chatham Island shag and along the coast the Chatham Island oystercatcher. Visit a private bush reserve on the south coast to see the Chatham Island warbler, Chatham Island pigeon, and tui. This afternoon take another look for the magenta and Chatham Island petrels.

Day 16 South East Island | Mangere Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive early morning at South East Island, one of the world’s greatest nature reserves. Here plan to Zodiac cruise to see the endangered shore plover. Be sure to also keep your eyes peeled for the Pitt Island shag. Before departing the archipelago, visit the Mangere Islands from where the endemic black robin was rescued.

Day 17-18 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
En route to Dunedin cross what is known as the Chatham Rise. It is a relatively shallow nutrient-rich area of water, compared with the rest of the surrounding ocean, and it is also one of the best places for pelagic watching with an overlap of both northern or more temperate species and birds from southern latitudes. Expect to see royal albatross, wandering albatross, westland black petrel, Cook’s petrel, and much more.

Day 19 Disembark in Dunedin, New Zealand

  • 1 Breakfast
Your adventure ends at this historic Otago Harbor. Early this morning arrive in port and after a final breakfast, say your farewells before disembarking and transferring by complimentary coach to either a central city point or to the airport.

Spirit of Enderby

Per person starting at
$10,500
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Main Deck, triple accommodations with shared bath facilities.
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Main Deck, two lower berth accommodations with shared bath facilities.
Spirit of Enderby's Superior Cabin.
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Superior
Middle Deck, upper and lower berth accommodations, private bath facilities and window
Spirit of Enderby's Superor Plus Cabin.
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Superior Plus
Upper and Middle Decks, two lower berth accommodations with private bath facilities and window
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Mini Suite
Upper deck, small bedroom with a 3/4 bed and a single bed in the lounge, private bath facilities and windows
Spirit of Enderby's Heritage Suite.
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Heritage Suite
Upper Deck, large lounge area, separate bedroom with matrimonial bed, private bath facilities and panoramic windows

Notes

- Travel Insurance is mandatory for all passengers aboard the Spirit of Enderby.
- Single clients are matched with a sharer of the same sex in a twin-share cabin. Payment of a single supplement guarantees a single cabin. The single supplement is 1.8 times the price of the voyage with the exception of the suites which are double the single rate.

Landings at the Subantarctic Islands are by permit only as administered by the governments of New Zealand and Australia. No landings are permitted at Snares, Antipodes and Bounty Islands and South East in the Chatham Island group.

Circumstances may be encountered during your voyage which make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. These circumstances include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed during the voyage.


Cruise fare includes:
- Pre & Post cruise transfers
- One night hotel accommodation in a twin share room (incl. dinner/breakfast)
- All on board ship accommodation with meals
- All shore excursions and activities, excluding optional specialized birding and kayaking programs

Cruise fare does not include:
- Government landing fees
- All items of a personal nature: laundry, drinks, gratuities
- International/domestic flights
- Visas
- Extensions
- Travel insurance

Included

  • 18 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 18 Dinners
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