A coach will transfer you from Invercargill to the Port of
Bluff (27km south of Invercargill) to embark our vessel Spirit
of Enderby. The coach will depart the Kelvin Hotel, Kelvin
Street, Invercargill at a time to be advised. (Departure times
from Bluff are dependent on tide and at the time of preparing
this we are waiting on advice from the Harbour Master). From
the Port of Bluff we sail down the short channel and into
Foveaux Strait and then set a course direct to Campbell Island.
There will be introductions and briefings on board.
At sea we will have a series of lectures supported by videos
of the biology and history of the Sub Antarctic Islands and
the Southern Ocean. Our day at sea will be a great opportunity
to see pelagic species, including wandering albatross, Southern
royal albatross, white-capped albatross, light-mantled sooty
albatross, grey headed albatross, black browed albatross,
white chinned petrel, mottled petrel, white headed petrel,
cape petrel, diving petrel, grey backed and black bellied
Days 3 & 4
Arrive Campbell Island early morning. This island provides
some great birding and an opportunity to get some really good
photographs, especially of the Southern royal albatross. The
regeneration of the megaherbs since the removal of the feral
sheep in the 1970's and 80's is a spectacle to behold and
increasing each year as the rats have also been successfully
removed. On arrival we will anchor below the abandoned Meteorological
Station and walk to Col-Lyall Saddle. All three species of
Pleurophyllum daisies, can be seen along the way. The short
flowering season will be near its best. Southern royal albatross
nest amongst these flowers and tussocks and there will be
an opportunity to observe and photograph these.
Make sure you make time to look for some of the smaller plants,
the Myosotis capitata with its small but deep purple flowers
and the Hebe benthamii which has perhaps the deepest flower
colour in the genus.
From Col Lyall there is a short walk to the summit ridge from
where you can get some spectacular views over NW Bay. On our
second day ashore at Campbell Island there will be an opportunity
to revisit the Col Lyall Saddle or walk to remote Northwest
Bay which is a relatively easy walk across tussock tops and
the megaherb fields or climb to Mt Honey, Campbell Island’s
Days 5 & 6
Arrive Auckland Islands and visit Carnley Harbour, the large
southern harbour area. Our visit here will include the opportunity
to climb to South West Cape and to shy (white capped) albatross
colony or to explore the historic Coastwatchers Hut and Lookout
at Tagua Bay.
The highlight of our visit to the Auckland Islands is the
day ashore on Enderby Island in Port Ross, a magnificent island
crammed with natural history wonders. It is home to the rare
Hookers (New Zealand) Sealion which breed each year on Sandy
Bay beach. The island is forested by gnarled and windswept
rata, and has a plateau of scrubland and cushion bog. We will
see and experience the unique megaherbs of this island, including
the extensive fields of Bulbinella rossii, the regenerating
patches of Anisotome latifolia and the red and white gentians.
Royal albatross nest amongst a hummocked sward of Oreobolus
pectinatus comb sedge and gentians. In the forest we will
find bellbirds, red crowned parakeets and the friendly tomtits.
Yellow-eyed penguins also nest here under the tangled divaricating
shrub Myrsine divaricata. There is a good chance that we will
see the endemic Auckland Island flightless teal at Derrycastle
Reef as we explore this island.
At day break we plan to arrive to Snares Island. It is a nature
reserve of international importance. Landing is not allowed,
but we will use our zodiacs to cruise the rugged coastline
to see the unique Olearia and Brachyglottis forest and some
of the unique wildlife including the endemic Snares Crested
penguins, tomtit and fernbird. On the cliffs we will see the
Buller’s Albatross, which only nests here and at the
On arrival at the Port of Bluff on the last day of the expedition
there will be breakfast on board the ship after which we will
provide transport to Invercargill city or airport.
Landings at the Sub Antarctic Islands are by permit only
as administered by the Government of New Zealand. No landings
are permitted at Snares Is.
Circumstances may be encountered during our voyage which will
make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed
itinerary. These circumstances include poor weather and opportunities
for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will
keep you fully informed during the voyage.