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 seen from the ship and later after a landing on the beach.
Walking through Enderby island.
The unique vegetation made of several endemic species.
Other shots of typical vegetation.
A beautiful Anisotome latifolia.
The Bulbinella rossii produces nice yellow flowers.
Some birds found on the island, including a beautiful parrot (red-crowned parakeet).
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.
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.
The dense vegetation growing everywhere there is some soil.
A walk through the forest.
We then leave Auckland island, bound for the next destination.