Cruise to Auckland Islands (Sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand)

25-26 November 2007

The Auckland archipelago is a group of New Zealand subantarctic islands, featured by an unique vegetation and fauna, including several endemic species that cannot be found elsewhere. During the cruise, we will visit Enderby and Auckland islands.

Enderby Island, subantarctic New Zealand Enderby Island, subantarctic New Zealand
Enderby island seen from the ship and later after a landing on the beach.

 

Enderby Island, subantarctic New Zealand
Enderby Island, subantarctic New Zealand
Enderby Island, subantarctic New Zealand Enderby Island, subantarctic New Zealand
Walking through Enderby island.

 

Enderby Island, subantarctic New Zealand Enderby Island, subantarctic New Zealand
The unique vegetation made of several endemic species.

 

Other shots of typical vegetation.

 

Anisotome latifolia, Enderby Island, subantarctic New Zealand. Anisotome latifolia, Enderby Island, subantarctic New Zealand.
A beautiful Anisotome latifolia.

 

Bulbinella rossii, Enderby Island, subantarctic New Zealand. Bulbinella rossii, Enderby Island, subantarctic New Zealand.
The Bulbinella rossii produces nice yellow flowers.

 

red-crowned parakeet, Enderby Island, subantarctic New Zealand. Some birds found on the island, including a beautiful parrot (red-crowned parakeet).

 

Albatross Albatross
Albatross Albatrosses.

 

Yellow eyed penguin Yellow eyed penguin
A yellow eyed penguin. It isn't very easy to spot them, as they spend most of the time in water or deep in the forest. Moreover, they are more shy if compared to other penguins.

 

Skua Skua
A skua.

 

Sea Lions Sea Lions
Sea Lions Sea Lions
Sea Lions Sea Lions
Sea Lions Sea Lions
Sea Lions Sea lions can be found throughout the island, even far away from the beach.

 

Auckland island, sub-antarctic New Zealand Auckland island, sub-antarctic New Zealand
The next day, we have a landing onto main Auckland island. The original plan was to visit an albatross colony, but this was impossible due to the weather. So, an alternative landing was made in a protected bay, to visit the forest.

 

Auckland island, sub-antarctic New Zealand
The dense vegetation growing everywhere there is some soil.

 

Auckland island, sub-antarctic New Zealand
A walk through the forest.

 

We then leave Auckland island, bound for the next destination.

 

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