New Zealand Subantarctic Islands

Seals running ashore on Campbell Island

New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands lie far to the south of Stewart Island and are five groups of uninhabited and windswept islands of the Southern Ocean. Once a hazard in the days of sailing ships, the islands are now wildlife preserves which, due to their isolation, are only visited occasionally, mostly by scientists or conservation workers. The islands are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Destinations

A rainbow and an albatross, over Broughton Island, the second largest island in the Snares.

Understand

Yellow-eyed penguins in the Auckland Islands

In Nov 2013, contributors to the respected journal Science chose these Sub-Antarctic Islands as one of only 78 protected areas around the globe as the most critical for preventing the extinction of mammals, birds and amphibians.

These Sub-Antarctic Islands provide nesting sites for hundreds of thousands of seabirds, and the waters surrounding them harbour the endangered New Zealand sea lion.

Get in

Access to these islands is generally by, or with the support of, a boat. The islands are beyond the (return) range of most helicopters and there is no airstrip for fixed wing aircraft. Access is generally by permit only. Companies offering trips visiting the islands include:

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Stay safe

Weather in this part of the world can be extreme.

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