Discover the wild and untouched beauty of New Zealand’s Fjordland and the Sub Antarctic Islands of both Australia and New Zealand. These islands, collectively designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are some of the best preserved and protected environments of the planet.
You will travel in the company of both a National Geographic photographer and expert, who through lectures, workshops and one-on-one discussions, will give you a deeper understanding of the sights and significance of your journey and teach you how to capture the story of this incredible expedition through your own photography.
Setting sail from Dunedin, we will head for the nature sanctuary of Ulva Island, where you will have the opportunity to search for some of the rarest bird species in the world. As we continue on, we will visit the Fjordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to some of the most beautiful fjords in the world.
Sailing into the Sub Antarctic Islands, we will first visit the Snares Islands. These wild islands are a haven for their endemic Snares crested penguins and for the fur seals that can be found here in abundance. Continuing south, we will sail for Enderby Island, a key breeding site for the New Zealand Sea Lion and Yellow-eyed penguins that we will hope to see.
The southern-most part of our voyage will visit Australia’s Macquarie Island. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Macquarie is home to more than 3 million breeding seabirds, including significant colonies of both Royal and King penguins. With two days planned here, we will be able to take advantage of the best the weather has to offer to experience the extraordinary bounty of these islands.
Making our way north once more, we will visit Campbell Island. Both the flora and fauna will be a highlight with its extraordinary megaherbs and nesting colonies of albatross that can be visited.
Our final destination will be the Antipodes Islands. These volcanic islands have abundant wildlife, with half of the world’s population of erect-crested penguins, as well as several albatross species and two species of parakeets. Today, considered to be an important conservation area, the spectacle of these dramatic islands will be the perfect conclusion to our expedition.
At the end of your trip, sit down with your National Geographic Expert and photographer and reflect on the experiences you have shared on your voyage and how they have changed you upon your return. At National Geographic Expeditions we believe that when people understand the world, they care more deeply and are inspired to act to protect it.
This Expedition Cruise is onboard PONANT's Le Soleal, part of the Sisterships fleet.