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Cruise New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands Expedition

Cruise New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands Expedition

From AUD $13,080

Description

This 14 night voyage visits the spectacular Fiordland region of New Zealand’s South Island, Australia’s Macquarie Island and the New Zealand Sub Antarctic islands. The Subantarctic Islands are among the last unspoilt environments on Earth. Almost half of the world’s albatross and penguin species reside here and The Snares Island alone boasts more nesting seabirds than the entire realm of the British Isles. For nature lovers, birders, photographers, and travellers wishing to venture where few have gone before, these UNESCO World Heritage Sites provide a truly privileged glimpse into a unique world.

Join your expert expedition team, selected for their knowledge and experience, to explore these unique destinations by zodiac and guided walks ashore. On this voyage you will visit destinations that have less visitors than make attempts at the summit of Mount Everest, making them truly unique. Join Le Soleal for a remarkable journey available to only a select few.

Trip Name
Cruise New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands Expedition
Days
17
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship Length: 142 metres Passenger Capacity: 264 Built: 2013 Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 132 staterooms and suites, with balconies, joined in 2013. You will be enchanted by the contemporary decor inspired by the luxury yachting world, with fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white. A refined ambience is enhanced by the quality of the workmanship and materials: white Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat's hull, while the central scuplture of enamelled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea.  In the loungebar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolising a certain idea of cruising, one synonomous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1. Dunedin, New Zealand. Embarkation,
Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest city and is often referred to as the Edinburgh of NewZealand. This city of the south, wears its Scottishheritage with pride. The city contains some of thebest preserved Victorian and Edwardianarchitecture in the Southern Hemisphere. Thepicturesque Silverpeaks hinterland to the North Westprovides a picturesque backdrop and The OtagoPeninsula, which lies within the city boundaries, hasinternationally renowned wildlife reserves, includingthe only mainlaind breeding colony of NorthernRoyal Albatross.Le Soleal will be alongside the inner city wharf and embarkation will be between 1600and 1700hrs
Day 2 - Days 2 – 14. Exploring Fiordland and the Sub Antarctic Islands.
The Sub Antarctic Islands are remote outposts in theSouthern Ocean. A flexible Itinerary will allow us tomaximise our opportunity to visit these uniquelocations. In the true spirit of expedition cruisingeach day the Captain and Expedition leader willcontinually update the voyage plan taking intoaccount the weather and sea conditions to ensurea safe and enjoyable experience for all guests.Below is a list of the destinations we may visit duringour time in this remarkable region.Ulva Island, New Zealand.Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara is the largest of 20 islands within Paterson Inlet, StewartIsland with an area of approx. 270 hectares. Theisland has never been logged and was declaredpest free in 1997, becoming one of the fewpredator-free sanctuaries in New Zealand. The islandis now a haven for many species of birds and plantsthat are rare, or have died out, on the mainland ofNew Zealand. Bird species regularly encounteredinclude; the flightless Stewart Island Weka, SouthIsland saddleback, yellowhead and Stewart Islandrobin. Ulva island is not only a bird enthusiast’s paradise, it is also one of the fewoffshore islands with a largely undisturbed podocarp forest. Well-maintained tracksoffer easy walking for most people providing a unique opportunity to see rare birdsand plants at close quarters in a safe environment.Milford Sound, New Zealand.Arguably New Zealand’s best-known destination and described by Rudyard Kiplingas the eighth Wonder of the World, Milford sound isa place of dramatic beauty. Its vertiginous peaks risefrom the dark waters of the sound creating aspectacular backdrop that captivates even themost seasoned of travellers. Milford Sound isbreathtaking in any weather. After rain the twopermanent waterfalls of Stirling and Lady Bowenmultiply with magnificent effect. Guests will have theopportunity to view the spectacular scenery from the outer decks of Le Soleal. If timeand weather permit, we may have an opportunity to explore the fiord with our fleetof zodiacs.Doubtful Sound, New Zealand.Referred to as the Sound of Silence, there is a secluded serenity that surroundsDoubtful Sound in contrast with the better-knownMilford Sound. Lieutenant James Cook named'Doubtful Harbour' in 1770 as he was uncertain if itwas navigable under sail. Doubtful Sound is thedeepest of the fiords with a maximum depth of 421m. It contains three distinct 'arms' and severaloutstanding waterfalls in the area from Deep Coveto the open ocean. Le Soleal will spend time navigating around Secretary Islandthrough both Thomson and Doubtful Sounds. Guests can enjoy the spectacularscenery from the outer decks.Dusky Sound, New Zealand.One of the remotest fiords in the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, DuskySound was named by Captain James Cook in 1773.Cook spent five weeks at Astronomer’s Point wherea temporary observatory was set up to fix theposition of New Zealand to test the accuracy ofLarcum Kendall’s copy of John Harrison’schronometer H4. Dusky Sound is rich in flora andfauna, New Zealand Fur Seals and one of the world’srarest penguins – The Fiordland Crested can be seenon the small islets at the entrance to the fiord. Guests can enjoy the spectacularscenery from the Outer decks of Le Soleal as she sails through the fiord. If time andweather permit, we may have an opportunity to explore the fiord with our fleet ofzodiacs.The Snares, New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands.Amongst the islands of the Southern Ocean, The Snares have the distinction of beingthe only forested group without introducedmammals, not even mice. Consequently, it is aremarkable haven for wildlife. The Island boastsmore nesting seabirds than the entire realm of theBritish Isles. Over 2 million Sooty Shearwaters breedhere in the summer months. Four species of Albatrossare listed as breeding on the Snares along with35,000 endemic Snares Crested Penguins. There arealso approximately 1000 New Zealand fur seals and500 New Zealand Sea Lions. Landing on the Snares is prohibited. If time and weatherpermit, guests will have the opportunity to explore the coastal environments and viewthe prolific wildlife from our fleet of zodiacs.Enderby Island, Auckland Islands. New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands.Enderby Island is situated off the North Eastern tip of Auckland Island and is the secondlargest Island in the group. The eradication ofintroduced species in 1994 has seen a significantincrease in the abundance of the native flora andfauna compared to the main Auckland Island. It hasbecome a stronghold for the rare yellow-eyedpenguin and the primary breeding location of theNew Zealand Sea Lion. Guests will head ashore andhave the opportunity to undertake a guided walk on the Northern Cliffs track as wellas spend time viewing the New Zealand Sea Lion colony. There is also the opportunityto undertake a zodiac tour around the coastline of Enderby Island in search of theAuckland Island Teal and other endemic species.Musgrave Inlet, Auckland Islands. New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands.The Auckland Islands are the largest, highest and biologically richest of the five groupsof Subantarctic Islands. They have been identified asan Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife Internationalas they hold important seabird breeding colonies.The flora of the Auckland Islands is fascinatinglydiverse with over 233 species of vascular plant.Musgrave Inlet is a picturesque bay on the easternside of Auckland Island. Its sheer cliffs haveprotected the endemic flora from the introducedspecies, providing one of the best floral displays in the entire Island group.Landing in Musgrave Inlet is prohibited. If time and weather permits, guests will havethe opportunity to view the spectacular flora and fauna from our fleet of zodiacs.Campbell Island, New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands.Campbell Island is the most southerly of the five New Zealand subantarctic groups.Described by the English botanist Joseph Hooker ashaving a "flora display second to none outside thetropics." It is known for its megaherbs, herbaceous,perennial wildflowers characterised by their greatsize, with huge leaves and very colourful flowers,which have developed as an adaptation to theharsh weather conditions on the islands. CampbellIsland is also home to six species of albatross, andseveral critically endangered endemic birdsincluding the Campbell Island teal and snipe. Guests have the opportunity toundertake a guided walk on the Col Lyell Saddle boardwalk as well as undertake azodiac tour around the coastline of Perseverance Harbour.The Antipodes, New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands.The volcanic islands of the Antipodes Island group lie 860 km to the southeast of NewZealand. The group consists of one main island,Antipodes Island, Bollons Island to the north, andnumerous small islets and stacks. The islands arehome to a wide variety of sea and land bird speciesincluding two species of parakeet. The seabirdsrange from the tiny storm petrel to the Antipodeanwandering albatross, one of the largest flying birds inthe world. There are also significant populations oferect-crested and rock hopper penguins. Landingon the Antipodes is prohibited. If time and weather permit, guests will have theopportunity to explore the coastal environments and view the prolific wildlife from ourfleet of zodiacs.ANARE Station, Macquarie Island. AustraliaLong celebrated as one of the wonder spots of the world, the Macquarie Island is anisland of great beauty and outstanding naturaldiversity, a breeding place for more than 3.5 millionseabirds, most of which are penguins. There are fourspecies breeding on Macquarie Island; Royals,Kings, Gentoos and Rock Hoppers. There are alsothree types of fur seals and one seventh of theworld's population of elephant seals breeding on theIsland. In 1948 The Australian National AntarcticResearch Expeditions (ANARE) established its expedition headquarters on MacquarieIsland. Guests will have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk around theANARE Station to view the facility and the prolific wildlife that resides here.Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island. AustraliaMacquarie Island, or “Macca” as it is colloquially known, was inscribed on theUNESCO World Heritage List in 1997 as a site of majorgeoconservation significance, being the only islandin the world composed entirely of oceanic crust androcks from the mantle. It is an island of unique naturaldiversity and one of the truly remarkable places onearth. Sandy Bay is located on the East Coast of theIsland and is home to significant Royal and KingPenguin rookeries as well as a breeding colony ofSouthern Elephant Seals.Guests will have the opportunity to land ashore in Sandy Bay to view both the Kingand Royal colonies as well as the other prolific wildlife in the Bay.
Day 3 - Day 15. Dunedin, New Zealand. Disembarkation,
Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest city and is often referred to as the Edinburgh of NewZealand. This city of the south, wears its Scottishheritage with pride. The city contains some of thebest preserved Victorian and Edwardianarchitecture in the Southern Hemisphere. Thepicturesque Silverpeaks hinterland to the North Westprovides a picturesque backdrop and The OtagoPeninsula, which lies within the city boundaries, hasinternationally renowned wildlife reserves, includingthe only mainlaind breeding colony of NorthernRoyal Albatross.Le Soleal will be alongside the inner city wharf and disembarkation will commenceafter breakfast.
Day 4 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
09-12-202123-12-2021AUD $13,080DeLuxe Stateroom
09-12-202123-12-2021AUD $15,470Prestige Deck 4 Stateroom
23-12-202106-01-2022AUD $15,780Superior Stateroom
23-12-202106-01-2022AUD $16,690DeLuxe Stateroom

Inclusions

    • Every destination on this voyage is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • The opportunity to see 11 of the world’s penguin species.
    • The opportunity to see at least 10 species of Albatross.
    • The Snares Island alone boasts more nesting seabirds than the entire realm of the British Isles.
    • Populations of New Zealand, Antarctic and Subantarctic Fur Seals, New Zealand Sea Lions and Southern Elephant Seals.
    • Landscapes on a breathtaking scale.
    • Glacial fiords 100,000 years in the making.
    • Ancient forests untouched since the dawn of time.
    • Guided walks on Enderby, Campbell and Macquarie Islands.
    • Gain an insight into the History and the diversity of flora and fauna from your expert expedition team.

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