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.
Host to the world’s most diverse collection of seabirds: more than 40 species – at least 11% of the entire world’s seabirds – breed in the subantarctic area. Land birds and small invertebrates are also surprisingly numerous and diverse, and in some cases exceedingly rare. The diversity of land birds indicates just how long these islands have been isolated, with no fewer than 15 species being subantarctic endemics. Our expedition visits four of the six island groups, namely Snares, the Aucklands, Macquarie and Campbell. There is no other comparable expedition in the world for an introduction and understanding of the dynamic and species-rich southern ocean eco-system, making this is a “must do” expedition for the avid naturalist!
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Auckland & Campbell Teal, King, Gentoo, Snares, Southern Rockhopper, Royal, Yellow-eyed & Little Penguin, Wilson’s, Grey-backed & Black-bellied Storm Petrel, Wandering, Antipodean, Southern Royal, Light-mantled, Black-browed, Campbell, Shy, Salvin’s, Grey-headed & Buller’s Albatross, Mottled, Cook’s & White-chinned Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Campbell, Macquarie & Auckland Shag, South Island & Variable Oystercatcher, Subantarctic & Snares Snipe, White-fronted Tern, New Zealand Falcon, Red-crowned Parakeet, New Zealand Bellbird, Tomtit, New Zealand Fernbird, New Zealand Pipit.
New Zealand Sea Lion, New Zealand Fur, Southern Elephant and Leopard Seals, Dusky Dolphin, Southern Right, Sperm, Bryde’s, Long-finned Pilot and Killer Whales