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Beyond Fiordland: New Zealand's Wildest Islands

31 December, 2021 - 10 January, 2022

Beyond Fiordland: New Zealand's Wildest Islands December 2021

11 day /10 night Expedition to the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand, Stewart Island and Fiordland.
Explore the untamed wilderness of Fiordland’s ice-carved mountains, forests and fiords; encounter threatened native species flourishing on Stewart Island’s Ulva Island and discover the remote, rugged beauty of New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands (Campbell Island, Auckland Islands and The Snares) and wildlife havens on this 11-day expedition.

Ship: Spirit of Enderby

Tour at a Glance

Estimated Prices:*

Main Deck Triple $9,140 per person  

Main Deck Twin $10,560 per person 

Superior: $11,000 per person

Superior Plus $11,710 per person

Mini Suite $12,360 per person

Heritage Suite $13,140 per person 

*Prices will be confirmed in early September, 2021

 

 

Tour Dates:

31 December, 2021 – 10 January, 2022

Fitness Level

Able to climb up and down stairs.

Flexibility to get and out of Zodiacs.

Covid 19

No quarantine upon return to NZ

INCLUSIONS

– All meals aboard ship
– Ice-breaker class vessel
– Expedition shore excursions
– Landing Fees ($570 per person)
– Services of your knowledgeable Expedition Leader and crew

VARIATIONS

• Domestic airfares

Tour Itinerary

For full details please request a Free Information Pack (Form to the right)

Day 1 Invercargill

Meet at an Invercargill city hotel and be transferred to the Port of Bluff for embarkation. The captain and expedition team will be waiting to greet you on arrival at the ship. Explore the Spirit of Enderby and join the captain on the bridge, or fellow travellers on deck, as we set sail.

Day 2At Sea - Bird Watching

As we make our way through the Southern Ocean we can expect some of the best pelagic birding on this leg of the journey with great views during the crossing which may include Wandering Albatross, Royal Albatross, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Campbell Island Albatross and Little Shearwater.

Day 3Campbell Island

We have one day to explore Campbell Island, New Zealand’s southernmost Subantarctic territory. We will offer a number of options which will enable you to explore the island including an extended walk to Northwest Bay. There will also be an easier walk to the Col Lyall Saddle. All of these options will allow you the opportunity and time to enjoy the Southern Royal Albatross which nest here in large numbers. We also visit areas of the island which contain outstanding examples of the megaherbs for which the island is renowned. Birds we may see include Teal, Snipe, Rockhopper Penguins and Antarctic Tern.

Day 4Auckland Islands – Carnley Harbour

This very large sheltered harbour is rich in human history, we plan to arrive mid-morning entering the harbour through the eastern entrance which is guarded on both sides by dramatic cliffs and rugged, tussock-covered hills. Our activities here today are totally weather dependent. If the weather is fine there will be an opportunity to climb to the South West Cape and visit the Shy Mollymawk colony. Above the colony we occasionally see Gibson’s Wandering Albatross breeding. Alternatively, there will be an opportunity to Zodiac cruise along the coast of Adams Island, Western Harbour and Victoria Passage. We may visit Camp Cove, the Tagua Bay Coastwatcher’s station and lookout, or Epigwaitt where the remains of the ‘Grafton’ which was wrecked here in 1864, can be seen.

Days 5Auckland Islands – Enderby Island

Enderby Island is one of the most beautiful islands in this group, this northern most island in the archipelago is an outstanding wildlife and birding location and is relatively easy to land on and walk around. Our plan is to land at Sandy Bay, one of three breeding areas in the Auckland Islands for the Hooker’s or New Zealand Sea Lion. During our day ashore there will be several walking options, and time to spend just sitting and enjoying the wildlife. Birds that we are likely to encounter include Southern Royal Albatross, Northern Giant Petrel, Auckland Island Shag, Auckland Island Flightless Teal, Auckland Island Tomtit, Bellbird, Red-crowned Parakeet, Yellow-eyed Penguin and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross.

Day 6The Snares – North East Island

The closest Subantarctic Islands to New Zealand, comprising of two main islands and a group of five islands called the Western Chain; they are uninhabited and enjoy the highest protection as Nature Reserves. Zodiac cruising along the sheltered eastern side of the main island we should see the endemic Snares Crested Penguin, Snares Island Tomtit and Fernbirds

Day 7Stewart Island – Paterson Inlet/Ulva Island

New Zealand’s third island is a wonderfully tranquil place; the scenery of untouched bushland is stunning. We will explore Ulva Island which is rich in history and wildlife, being a predator-free island from 1997 the bird song and wildlife is some of the best. In Paterson Inlet you will have time at Boulder Bay and West End Beach, or just enjoy some time around Post Office Bay and Sydney Cove. Wildlife you may get to see while walking the tracks include Stewart Island Robin, Stewart Island Weka, South Island Kaka, Kereru (wood pigeon), Mohua (yellowhead), Red Crowned Parakeet, Fantail, Bellbird and Tui. There are also many more species that may be seen. In the afternoon visit historic Norwegian whaling station in Prices Inlet and Kaipipi Bay.

Day 8 to Day 10Fiordland

This is an area rich in history, majestic scenery and abundant in wildlife. Captain Cook and his crew landed here on HMS Resolution in 1773, the first Europeans to visit Fiordland, spending five weeks in Dusky Sound. Historically this region is very important and shaped the future of New Zealand. From the middle of the 19th Century this unexplored interior Fiordland coastline attracted the attention of those in search of hidden greenstone or New Zealand jade. Fiordland’s West Coast is only accessible by sea, making it the most remote region of New Zealand’s mainland, its isolation has been beneficial because its beauty remains unspoiled and its historic sites undisturbed. Waterfalls, streams, rivers and fiords are enveloped with misty veils that come and go. A rugged terrain, the thickly forested floors are covered with ferns, lichens and mosses. Bottlenose Dolphins, Fiordland Crested Penguins and Little Penguins are all residents of the fiords; during our time here we will look out for them. Our schedule gives us the flexibility to visit as much as possible; areas we plan to visit during our time in Fiordland include Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sounds and Acheron Passage, Astronomer’s Point and Pickersgill Harbour. Our final plan will be determined by the weather.

Day 11Invercargill

We arrive at the Port of Bluff early in the morning. After breakfast disembark and board our complimentary coach transfer to either a central city point or to the airport.

Partnership

We’re excited to let you know we have partnered with pioneering small ship expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions in Christchurch. Due to the remote destinations visited there is no need to quarantine upon return to NZ soil.

Like ourselves, they are NZ owned and run. Heritage Expeditions pioneered authentic expedition voyages to Antarctica and the Sub Antarctic Islands. and have a wealth of experience in this area. As we both share common values we know you will be well looked after and have a great adventure.

To see an Albatross on the wing is to see grace in the air.

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