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Tree cover on the islands of New Zealand.

Subantarctic Islands: In Focus

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Spirit of Enderby
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Join the crew of the Spirit of Enderby on this one of a kind 11-day cruise to the subantarctic 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.

Day-by-Day Summary

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


Spirit of Enderby

Places Visited

  • New Zealand
  • South Pacific
  • Auckland Islands
  • Campbell Island
  • Enderby Island
  • Invercargill
  • Invercargill Sea
  • Port of Bluff
  • The Snares


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Tree cover on the islands of New Zealand. Soak in the scenery on Campbell Island A Southern Royal Albatross takes in the view The Red-crowned Parakeet. A remote sandy bay filled with sea lions

Day 1 Invercargill

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 4-6 Enderby and Auckland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We plan to maximise 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 Harbour 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 programme.

Day 7-9 Campbell Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Spirit of Enderby

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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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Middle Deck, upper and lower berth accommodations, private bath facilities and window
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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


- 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.

Included: Pre and Post cruise transfers, one night hotel accommodation in a twin share room (inc. dinner/breakfast), all on board ship accommodation with meals and all expedition shore excursions.
Excluded: All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance.


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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