New Zealand's Forgotten Islands Expedition Cruise

Visit the Subantarctic Islands off the New Zealand Coast

Just Launched for January 2022

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Fly to Invercargill where you’ll have the chance to get acquainted with your fellow passengers at a hotel before boarding your custom-built expedition ship, Spirit of Enderby, and meeting the captain and expedition team. You’ll then settle into your comfortable surroundings as you head for The Snares. This cluster of rugged islands, the largest of which is North East Island, is a windswept haven for an array of seabirds. Spot everything from terns to red-billed gulls cluttering the sky, while penguins dot the shoreline.

At Enderby Island, your next destination, you’ll find native populations of sea lions and penguins that are flourishing since all introduced species were removed from the island in the 1990s for conservation reasons. Part of the Auckland Islands archipelago, it’s a place of desolate beauty, with intriguing rock formations along its coastline. Also in the Auckland Islands you’ll find Carnley Harbour, an untamed landscape where whalers and sealers struggled to establish themselves over the centuries, so harsh is the terrain. These days its inhabited only by wildlife that includes numerous bird species and seals, while a number of old shipwrecks lurk in the waters around it.

From here you’ll head to your final destination, Campbell Island. Explore this remarkable place on foot and discover the large and vivid herbaceous flowers that bring a splash of colour to the barren beauty. You’ll spend two days here – plenty of time to marvel at the coves and sea stacks that dot the shoreline.

Finally, on your final full day of cruising, enjoy the scenery and learn more about the areas you have visited during a fascinating illustrated lecture as you make your way to the Port of Bluff before transferring to Invercargill.

Package Includes

All flights, taxes & transfers 

Expedition Cruise

  • 7 night full-board expedition cruise on board Spirit of Enderby
  • Overnight stay in port in Campbell Island
  • Take thrilling on-shore excursions accompanied by experienced guides
  • Witness the abundant wildlife, including diverse seal and bird species, at close hand
  • Discover the colourful megaherbs - colourful plants that are unique to the New Zealand Subantarctic region

Hotel Stay

  • 1 night four-star hotel stay in Invercargill with breakfast

At a glance

8 nights
Departing 04 Jan 22
All flights and taxes

Prices from

Main Deck
$7,999 pp
Price based on 04 Jan 2022 departure
Superior
$8,499 pp
Price based on 04 Jan 2022 departure
Superior Plus
$9,299 pp
Price based on 04 Jan 2022 departure
Heritage Suite
$10,299 pp
Price based on 04 Jan 2022 departure

Here to help

Call to book:

(09) 941 2549

Holiday code:

AUS2544

Opening hours:

Mon to Fri: 11am - 8pm | Sat & Sun: 11am - 6pm

Campbell Island

Despite the harsh terrain and fierce winds, the flora on Campbell Island and most islands of this region has managed to survive and even thrive. Look out for the vivid herbaceous flowers that stand out amongst the barren terrain. These megaherbs are characterised by their large leaves and unusually coloured petals.

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Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 | 4 Jan 2022
Invercargill - Hotel Stay

Welcome to Invercargill, New Zealand’s most southernmost city and where, like Dunedin, you’ll find a distinctly Scottish feel to its streets. With an overnight hotel stay ahead of your cruise, you could roam around the popular Queens Park, around which can be found several prominent landmarks, including the striking Victorian-era water tower and the excellent Southland Museum. The latter is home to Maori artefacts and a tuatara, a native reptile described as a “living dinosaur”.

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DAY 2 | 5 Jan 2022
Invercargill - Embark Spirit of Enderby

After meeting your fellow travellers in an Invercargill hotel, you‘ll transfer to the Port of Bluff. Settle in for a voyage of spectacular sights and memorable experiences as you embark the Spirit of Enderby. This purpose-built expedition vessel is infused with the spirit of adventure having been originally built for polar and oceanographic research. Carrying up to 50 passengers, it features an area that combines as a bar lounge and library, as well as dedicated lecture theatre room and comfortable cabins with windows or portholes.

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DAY 3 | 6 Jan 2022
North East Island, The Snares

Also known as ‘Tini Heke’ – its Maori name – The Snares comprise a cluster of remote and uninhabited islands lying 200km off the coast of southern New Zealand. The T-shaped North East Island is the largest of the islands and is home to an immense seabird population ranging from red-billed gulls to Antarctic terns. Cruising its jagged coastline in a Zodiac, you’re also likely to spot crested penguins along the shore and Buller’s albatross soaring over the sheer cliffs. The Snares remain one of the last areas in New Zealand unscathed by modernity.

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DAY 4 | 7 Jan 2022
Enderby Island, Auckland Islands

Enderby Island is the largest of the Auckland Islands archipelago and a place that’s teeming with native wildlife thanks to all introduced species being eradicated in the 1990s. This included a healthy rabbit population, introduced by Australians in the 19th century to provide food for anyone unfortunate enough to be shipwrecked. Visit Sandy Bay, the main breeding ground for the rare New Zealand sea lion and just one of three breeding grounds on the Auckland Islands. You could also observe the southern royal albatross, northern giant petrel, yellow-eyed penguin and many more avian species.

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DAY 5 | 8 Jan 2022
Carnley Harbour, Auckland Islands

Now uninhabited, the Auckland Islands have seen settlers come and go over the centuries, with whalers, farmers and sealers all attempting to establish themselves in this untamed landscape. Off the islands lie numerous shipwrecks from days gone by and its main residents these days are seals and birds. Weather and sea conditions permitting, you could climb to the South West Cape shy albatross colony where Gibson’s wandering albatross nest among the tussocks.

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DAY 6 - 7 | 9 - 10 Jan 2022
Campbell Island (Overnight in Port)

Reaching Campbell Island, you’ll spend two days exploring its coves, rocky islets and sea stacks. Enjoy a gentle walk to the nesting site of the southern royal albatross and then trek across the hills to Northwest Bay where beautiful megaherbs – large herbaceous flowers – bring a splash of floral vibrancy to this otherwise rugged terrain. These large pink and yellow plants have thrived despite the harsh conditions.

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DAY 8 | 11 Jan 2022
At Sea

Today, on your final full day at sea, spend time on deck and look out for pelagic bird species and playful Dusky dolphins which sometimes surf the bow waves of the ship. A number of different whale species could also make an appearance if sea conditions permit. As well as the incredible scenery, the day is further enhanced by illustrated lectures relating to the areas you have visited.

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DAY 9 | 12 Jan 2022
Invercargill - Disembark Spirit of Enderby & Fly Home

Today you’ll return to the Port of Bluff where you’ll disembark after a final breakfast and farewells to crew and fellow passengers.

Welcome aboard the Spirit of Enderby

The Spirit of Enderby is a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel and is the perfect choice for expedition and adventure cruises. Their sole focus with every sailing is getting you ashore as often as possible and for as long as possible. Throughout each stop and excursion, you’ll be accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists and guides who will be able to provide you with valuable information and research in the areas that you visit. Carrying just 50 passengers and following a refurbishment in May 2019, this remarkable ship provides comfortable accommodation, a combined bar and library area, a dedicated lecture room and an exquisite restaurant.

Classification: Russian register KM ice class
Year built: 1984
Accommodation: 50 berths
Shipyard: Finland
Main engines: power 2x1560 bhp (2x 1147 Kw)
Register: Russia
Maximum speed: 12 knots (2 engines)
Cruising speed: 10 knots (1 engine)
Bunker capacity: 320 tons

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Classification: Russian register KM ice class
Year built: 1984
Accommodation: 50 berths
Shipyard: Finland
Main engines: power 2x1560 bhp (2x 1147 Kw)
Register: Russia
Maximum speed: 12 knots (2 engines)
Cruising speed: 10 knots (1 engine)
Bunker capacity: 320 tons

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Wildlife Watching

During your days at sea, you'll enjoy excellent bird-spotting opportunities, with numerous albatross species, Northern and Southern Giant Petrels and shearwaters to keep a look-out for, as well as abundant marine life churning up the waves. © L Tough

Lecture Theatre

Head to the comfortable lecture room for slide presentations delivered by expert presenters, an after-dinner documentary or a movie pertinent to the destination. © N Russ

Zodiak Adventures

A Zodiak boat is the safest way to discover all the delights of boating, sail through the waters to explore far-reaching and untouched destinations other vessels cannot reach. © T Kraakman

Prices & Departures

  All flights included
regional flights available at a supplement
Departing
Departing 4 January 2022
Main Deck
Main Deck $7,999
Superior
Superior $8,499
Superior Plus
Superior Plus $9,299
Heritage Suite
Heritage Suite $10,299
Departing
Departing 4 January 2022
Main Deck
Main Deck $7,999
Superior
Superior $8,499
Superior Plus
Superior Plus $9,299
Heritage Suite
Heritage Suite $10,299
Departing
Departing 4 January 2022
Main Deck
Main Deck $7,999
Superior
Superior $8,499
Superior Plus
Superior Plus $9,299
Heritage Suite
Heritage Suite $10,299

CALL TO BOOK: (09) 941 2549

HOLIDAY CODE: AUS2544