Cruise to Campbell Island (Sub-Antarctic island of New Zealand)

1-2 December 2007

Campbell island is the New Zealand's southernmost subantarctic territory and has a unique ecosystem, hosting more species than any other subantarctic island, except Crozet. There are six species of Albatross, the rare Hookerii sea lion, yellow eyed penguins and an unique flora.

Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand. Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand.
A view on Campbell Island and onto the smaller satellite islands.

 

Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand. Hookerii sea lion
The group lands at Perseverance Harbor. Soon, an Hookerii sea lion comes to investigate.

 

Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand. Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand.
Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand. Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand.
I choose a short hike. The landscape all around is very picturesque.

 

 

Bulbinella rossii
Flowering Bulbinella rossii

 

Very small mushrooms.

 

Megaherbs
Some megaherbs. On the right, a Pleurophyllum speciosum.

 

 

Albatross Albatross
Albatross Albatross
Albatross Albatross nesting on a easily accessible area.

 

 

Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand. Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand.
The beautiful views from the top of an hill.

 

 

Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand. Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand.
Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand. Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand.
Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand. Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand.
Views on the rugged west coast of Campbell Island.

 

Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand. Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand.
Campbell Island, Sub Antarctica New Zealand. Other nice views of the landscape.

 

Megaherbs
Flowering Anisotome latifolia.

 

Megaherbs

 

Sea lion Sea lion
A nice sea lion.

 

Albatross Albatross
Albatross Albatross
Albatross Albatross
Albatross Albatross
Albatross Albatross
It is now to leave the subantarctic islands and return to New Zealand main land. A group of albatross follows the ship for several miles, offering amazing views.

 

° ° °

° ° °

° ° °