There is no denying that there is something rather magical about seabirding and that is why we are thrilled to be sharing not only this sleek Light-mantled Albatross with you but also an exciting opportunity to visit the world’s richest pelagic birding waters with Rockjumper, at a never to be repeated rate.
We are delighted to have taken a full charter of the Spirit of Enderby for a very special 8-day cruise in January next year to the Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific. We will explore three remarkable island groups forming part of New Zealand’s Subantarctic territories. You won’t find them mentioned in a travel agent’s brochure; you won’t find them in most guidebooks, you probably don’t know anyone who has ever been there, and they don’t even appear on some maps of the South Pacific – these are the ‘forgotten islands’. Despite their low profile, they are among the most remarkable wildlife reserves in the Southern Ocean, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites and afforded the highest protection of any nature reserves in New Zealand. Remote, uninhabited and on no regular shipping route, access is further restricted by a strict Management Plan which limits the number of people allowed ashore each year. The Snares, the Auckland Islands and Campbell Island are each unique and offer a variety of exciting endemic land birds besides world class seabirding en route. Some of the key targets include Snares and Yellow-eyed Penguin, Campbell and Auckland Shag, Campbell and Auckland Teal and endemic subspecies (likely future splits) including Snares Fernbird, Snares Tomtit and Campbell Snipe. These islands also support colonies of Shy and Southern Royal Albatross and the surrounding pelagic waters offer dozens of species of albatross, petrels, shearwaters, prions and other seabirds.
This special cruise will have on board top Rockjumper tour leaders including Adam Riley,Erik Forsyth and Forrest Rowland as well as Jeff Gordon and George Armistead from the American Birding Association and a team of expedition staff from Heritage Expeditions. As it’s a full charter, we are offering this cruise at a significantly discounted rate with berths starting from USD3,870. A generous donation will also be made to the American Birding Association’s conservation efforts from each booking received. Further options exist before and after the cruise to seek out many of the exciting endemic birds of New Zealand and Australia.
For a full overview of this incredible adventure or to make a booking, please click here.