EAST ANTARCTICA, ROSS SEA

& MACQUARIE ISLAND

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23 DAYS

Discover the wild and untouched beauty of the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia and the unique Ross Sea region of East Antarctica. Allow yourself to be transported to another world where the wildlife is king and we are just its subjects. Start 2021 with a bang and prepare for the unforgettable as you set sail on a voyage that takes in 10 different species of penguin, six species of whale and countless seabirds.

ITINERARY SUMMARY
DayPlaceHighlights
Day 1Dunedin, New ZealandEmbark on the Silver Explorer
Day 2At SeaRelax on board as you settle into ship life
Days 3 & 4Enderby & Auckland IslandsEnjoy these rugged spots with not much human activity
Day 5At SeaRelax and Unwind onboard the Silver Explorer
Days 6 & 7Macquarie IslandExplore the only island in the world composed entirely of oceanic crust. Full of wildlife and natural beauty
Days 8 - 10At SeaKeep an eye out for passing wildlife
Days 10 - 16Ross Sea, East AntarcticaExplore this historical, rarely visited region of Antarctica
Days 17 - 19At SeaRelax onboard as you relive your memories throughout your time in Antarctica
Day 20Campbell IslandVisit the most southerly of the subantarctic islands. A great spot for bird watchers and flora lovers
Day 21At SeaRelax onboard the Silver Explorer
Day 22Ulva & Stewart IslandVisit this predator-free pristine forested sanctuary
Day 23Dunedin, New ZealandDisembark at the historical Otago Port in Dunedin
Dunedin to Ross Sea

SHIP OFFERING THIS ITINERARY

SILVER EXPLORER
silver-explorer

The Silver Explorer was built in Finland in 1989 and was designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations including Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The vessel was acquired by Silversea in late 2007 and has been fully refurbished in 2017 as an elegant luxury expedition cruise ship. Its ice-strengthened hull enables the ship to safely push through ice floes with ease, while a fleet of Zodiac boats allows guests to visit even the most incredible locations accompanied by the expert Expedition Team. Accommodation aboard comprises 72 spacious suites located across 4 decks, all with ocean views and some with private balconies. Passengers will also find an excellent range of facilities aboard including two lounges, restaurant, presentation theatre, library/Internet, spa, fitness centre, two Jacuzzi’s, and outdoor viewing areas.

Day 1 Dunedin (South Island), New Zealand

Dunedin
Overview:

Clinging to the walls of the natural amphitheater at the west end of Otago Harbour, the South Island’s second-largest city is enriched with inspiring nearby seascapes and wildlife. Because Dunedin is a university town, floods of students give the city a vitality far greater than its population of 122,000 might suggest. Its manageable size makes it easy to explore on foot—with the possible exception of Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest residential street and home to the annual “gutbuster” race, in which people run up it, and the “Jaffa” race, in which people roll the namesake spherical chocolate candy down it.Dunedin, the Gaelic name for Edinburgh, was founded in 1848 by settlers of the Free Church of Scotland, a breakaway group from the Presbyterian Church. In the afternoon, transfer to the Otago Harbour where you will board the Silver Explorer for your Sub Antarctic adventure.

Day 2 At Sea

dining silver explorer

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply reading a book, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Days 3-4 Enderby & Auckland Islands

Yellow Eyed Penguins, Enderby

There is little human presence on Enderby, which is at the northern tip of the Auckland Islands but there is no shortage of wildlife present on the Island to put on a show for you. A colony of New Zealand sea lions, the rarest in the world, are set to greet you along with yellow-eyed penguins, royal albatrosses, red-crowned kakariki, pippets, tomtits, bellbirds tuis and silvereyes. The uniqueness of the island doesn’t stop with it’s residents- it spreads to the flora and fauna scattered across the island- filled with colourful flowers, Macquarie Island cabbage, tussock and liverworts. Towering cliffs mark the sight of Enderby Island, one which is simply breathtaking. Journey from here to explore more of the isolated kingdom of the Auckland Islands.

Day 5 At Sea

Silver Explorer Gym

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply reading a book, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Days 6-7 Macquarie Island

Royal Penguins and Southern Elephant Seals Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island is a unique and unforgettable spectacle of wild, natural beauty with a huge concentration of wildlife. Situated almost 1,500 kilometres South East of Tasmania, it lies almost half way between Australia and Antarctica. The Island is an important place for research, as it is the only place in the world that it is formed entirely of oceanic crust formations. Large congregations of wildlife such as penguins and elephant seals put on a show for their visitors, and the windswept landscape full of lakes and dramatic changes in vegetation are bound to excite it’s visitors. The island is home to Royal Penguins, a species endemic to the island where an estimated 850,000 pairs reside- one of the greatest gatherings of seabirds in the world. King Penguins also call Macquarie Island home. Explore this magnificent place for two days.

Days 8-10 At Sea

Silver Explorer, Sauna

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply reading a book, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Days 11-16 Ross Sea, East Antarctica

Ross Ice Shelf

Named in honour of the British explorer James Clark Ross who came in 1841 trying to reach the south magnetic pole commanding HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, the Ross Sea is a relatively ice-free part of the Southern Ocean. Since the Ross Sea allows an easier access to the South Pole than the Weddell Sea, most attempts to reach the pole were made via the Ross Sea and Ross Ice Shelf. A number of historical huts and modern scientific stations have been set up along the Ross Ice Shelf and the shore. At the entrance to the Ross Sea, Cape Adare has the first hut built in Antarctica.

Days 17-19 At Sea

Silver Explorer Lounge

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply reading a book, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 20 Campbell Island

Southern Royal Albatross

Well known as the home of the albatross, Campbell Island has a long and fascinating history. Six species of albatross, including the largest- the southern royal call the island home along with the Campbell Island teal and the Campbell Island snipe. Farming started on the island in 1895 but was later abandoned in 1931 due to unreliable transport systems, accidents and the world-wide recession. As a result of farming, there are approximately 50 introduced species of plants on the inland, but an impressive 128 native vascular plants have been recorded on Campbell Island. English botanist, Joseph Hooker described the island as having a “flora display second  to none outside the tropics.” This windswept, remote and rugged island remains an important part of the New Zealand subantarctic group.

Day 21 At Sea

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Enjoy your last entire day at sea onboard the Silver Explorer. Talk to your new friends about the experiences that you have all shared. Edit all of your remarkable pictures and reminisce on the adventure that was. But don’t worry, you still have one full day of exploration.

Day 22 Ulva & Stewart Island

Ulva Island- Kiwi Bird

Located within Paterson Inlet, Ulva Island remains a predator-free sanctuary for wildlife and is covered in pristine forest. The island, which covers approximately 660 acres is full of rare and endangered birds including the South Island Saddleback, Yellowhead, Rifleman, Steward Island Robin and Stewart Island Brown Kiwi. Well maintained tracks on the island allow you the opportunity to enjoy the local birds, lovely beaches and unparalleled views.

Steward Island

Stewart Island is home to New Zealand’s newest national park, Rakiura National Park. The third and most southerly of New Zealand’s main islands, Stewart Island is separated from the South Island by the 24-km Foveaux Strait. Its original Māori name, Te Punga O Te Waka a Maui, means “the anchor stone of Maui’s canoe.” Māori mythology says the island’s landmass held the god Maui’s canoe secure while he and his crew raised the great fish—the North Island. Today the island is more commonly referred to by its other Māori name, Rakiura, which means “the land of the glowing skies.” This refers to the spectacular sunrises and sunsets and to the southern lights, or aurora australis. The European name of Stewart Island dates back to 1809. It memorializes an officer William W. Stewart on an early sealing vessel, the Pegasus, who was the first to chart the island. The island covers some 1,700 square km.

Day 23 Dunedin (South Island), New Zealand

Dunedin

Farewell your fellow travellers after breakfast as you disembark the Silver Explorer in the historic Dunedin, where you began this wonderful journey.

To book this voyage call 1300 668 112 or email contact@antarcticatravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.