Heritage Expeditions: Galapagos of the Southern Ocean

This is without doubt one of the most inspirational and informative journeys or expeditions into the Southern Ocean ecosystem that one can make anywhere in the world. Long recognised for their rich biodiversity, the Subantarctic Islands lying to the south of New Zealand are UNESCO World Heritage sites. This places them in a select group of only 250 natural sites that have been designated as `the most important and significant natural habitats` on the planet.

They are also afforded the highest conservation status and protection by the Australian and New Zealand governments and access to these islands is by permit only. On this expedition you have the unique chance to explore, photograph and understand these wonderful places in the company of some of the most knowledgeable and passionate guides.

Heritage Expeditions organised New Zealand`s first commercial expedition to these islands in 1989, now, many years and over 100 expeditions later, Galapagos of the Southern Ocean has become one of their signature voyages. As the original concessionaire they enjoy excellent relationships with the conservation departments and some of the access permits they hold are unique to these expeditions.

The name they have given to this voyage `Galapagos of the Southern Ocean` reflects the astounding natural biodiversity and the importance of these islands as a wildlife refuge. (The book `Galapagos of the Antarctic` written by Rodney Russ and Aleks Terauds and published by Heritage Expeditions describes all of these islands in great detail.) The islands all lie in the cool temperate zone with a unique climate and are home to a vast array of wildlife including albatross, penguins, petrels, prions, shearwaters and marine mammals like sea lions, fur seals and elephant seals. The flora is equally fascinating; the majority of it, like the birds, is endemic to these islands. Explore, encounter and photograph rowdy penguin breeding grounds and flowering fields of mega herbs, watch sunbathing seals, sea lions and elephant seals and a myriad of unique, unusual and rare birds.

This journey takes you from Hobart to Australia`s icy outback Macquarie Island, where you are introduced to four different species of penguin at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and continues on to three of New Zealand`s Subantarctic Islands: The Snares, Auckland, and Campbell. Each of the Subantarctic Islands you explore is different, and each one is unique – just like this expedition.


Cruise & stay only price includes:
– 1 nights hotel accommodation in Hobart pre-cruise including dinner and breakfast
– One way transfer from hotel to port
– 11 night expedition cruise aboard the Heritage Adventurer (140 guests) from Hobart to Port of Bluff
– All shipboard main meals
– House beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard
– All expedition shore excursions, activities and landing fees
– Discovery Local Fund/landing fees of AUD$1200 per person
– Programme of lectures by noted naturalists
– Complimentary one way transfer from Port of Bluff to Invercargill or Queenstown Airports or central meeting point


Price excludes: All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, helicopter excursion, kayaking, visas and travel insurance.

For all voyages, exact landings depend on weather conditions and wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed; however, Heritage Expeditions 35+ years of experience in operating expeditions mean that they are well equipped to make the most of the conditions at the time. Past trip logs and species lists are available for all expeditions.

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person twin share (unless stated as single sole use occupancy) in AUD (unless otherwise specified), based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (27Jun23). Some cabins may have obstructed views. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. Transfers only included if guests are arriving/departing by air at specific airports on exact package dates as noted above. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 27 Jun 2023 to 22 Oct 2024 or until sold out/withdrawn.
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