Experience the ‘Galapagos of the Southern Ocean’

Heritage Expeditions organised New Zealand’s first commercial expedition to the Subantarctic Islands in 1989. Over 100 expeditions later, ‘Galapagos of the Southern Ocean’ has become one of its signature voyages and now New Zealand Geographic and Heritage Expeditions are inviting readers to join a special voyage from 30th December 2023 – 10th January 2024 with zoologist, conservation biologist and wildlife photographer Prof. Murray Potter as the onboard expert.

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Long recognised for their rich biodiversity, the Subantarctic Islands are UNESCO World Heritage sites. This places them in a select group of only 180 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. Access to these islands is by permit only but as the original concessionaire, some of the access permits Heritage holds are unique to these expeditions.

Photo: S Blanc

On this expedition guests will be given the chance to explore, photograph and understand these wonderful places in the company of some of the most knowledgeable and passionate guides.

Professor Murray Potter

Professor Murray Potter has a BSc (Zoology) and an MSc (Hons) (Zoology) from the University of Auckland, and a PhD (Zoology) from Massey University and has supervised over 80 postgraduate students. His research has taken him to diverse locations including the Pacific Islands, Papua Indonesia, Alaska, and South-east Asia and he is especially interested in studies that integrate the ecology, physiology, and natural history of whole organisms within their natural settings, including how temporal constraints, stress, morphology, and nutrition underpin and interact with an animal’s behaviour and ecology.

The name given to this voyage reflects the vast array of wildlife on the islands and their importance 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 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 being like the birds and endemic to these islands.

Photo: K Ovsyanikova

DAYS 12 / SHIP Heritage Adventurer

DATES: 30 December 2023 – 10th January 2024

PLACES VISITED The Snares / Macquarie Island / Campbell Island / Auckland Islands. 

RATES: More information here

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