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Antarctic Cruises from New Zealand & Australia

Cruises from Australia and New Zealand are much longer and more expensive than cruises from South America, but don’t let this deter you as the destinations visited will offer incredibly mind blowing experiences.

Cruises typically depart from either Hobart in Australia or Invercargill in New Zealand and focus on either the Commonwealth Bay area or the Ross Sea. These are some of the most remote regions of the earth and only a few hundred people are able to visit each year. Wildlife is abundant and it is in this region that the relics of the ‘heroic period’ of Antarctic exploration can be seen and experienced. Some of the wildlife you might experience while exploring the Ross Sea include the Antarctic and Snow Petrel, the Adélie and Emperor Penguin, and south polar skua. Marine mammals in the Ross Sea include Orca, the Antarctic minke whale, Weddell and Crabeater seals, and the formidable leopard seal.


There are also a few shorter cruises offered each season which focus on visiting the so called sub-Antarctic islands such as Macquarie Island, Campbell Island, Snares Island and Auckland Island. home to the southern royal albatross. These remote islands are home to a rich diversity of plants, seabirds and marine mammals, many of which are endemic to the region. Often the longer cruises to the Ross Sea will include a stops at some of these islands.

With a landscape that almost defies description, a journey to Antarctica is simply life-changing. Travellers are invited to join us on a small ship expedition cruise as we explore the planet’s most remote continent with its unspoilt, awe-inspiring scenery and incredible wildlife encounters.

Antarctica is the fifth largest, coldest and driest continent on Earth. Not only are travellers given the opportunity to observe the abundance of wildlife it has to offer from the comfort of their expedition vessel, but also to gain inspirational insights from a dedicated and knowledgeable crew.

Many consider Antarctica as the last frontier, and few get to experience its marvels. Travel to the end of the earth and explore the vast wilderness of the great white continent on one of our many incredible Antarctic expeditions.


Sub Antarctic Expedition: Dunedin to Dunedin
Sub Antarctic Expedition: Dunedin to Dunedin

Discover the wild and untouched beauty of the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia. Allow yourself to be transported…

Duration: 23 Days
Ship: Silver Explorer
Next Departure Date: 18 Jan 2021
The Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition
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The Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition

On this cruise aboard Le Laperouse, you are invited to discover the wild and untouched beauty of the Subantarctic Islands…

Duration: 15 Days
Ship: Le Laperouse
Next Departure Date: 29 Dec 2020
Fiordlands & the Sub-Antarctic Islands: Dunedin to Dunedin
Fiordlands & the Sub-Antarctic Islands: Dunedin to Dunedin

It is almost impossible to comprehend the breadth of geological events that created Doubtful and Milford Sounds. Sheer cliffs rise…

Duration: 15 Days
Ship: Silver Explorer
Next Departure Date: 21 Dec 2020
In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton
In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton

The Ross Sea region of Antarctica is one of the most remote and fascinating places on earth. With shipping restricted…

Duration: 30 Days
Ship: Akademik Shokalskiy
Next Departure Date: 13 Jan 2021
Galapagos of the Southern Ocean
Galapagos of the Southern Ocean

This is without doubt one of the most inspirational and informative journeys or expeditions into the Southern Ocean ecosystem that…

Duration: 13 Days
Ship: Spirit of Enderby
Next Departure Date: 30 Nov 2020
Epic Antarctic Voyage
Epic Antarctic Voyage

Experience remote Antarctic shores, including the Antarctic Peninsula, the rarely visited Western Antarctica, the impressive Ross Sea ice shelf, Australia's…

Duration: 33 Days
Ship: National Geographic Endurance
Next Departure Date: 28 Dec 2020
Subantarctic Islands - Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific
Subantarctic Islands - Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific

Embark on a short 8-day cruise to the forgotten islands of the South Pacific, home to some of the most…

Duration: 8 Days
Ship: Spirit of Enderby
Next Departure Date: 23 Dec 2020
Beyond Fiordland - New Zealand's Wildest Islands
Beyond Fiordland - New Zealand's Wildest Islands

Begin your cruise in Invercargill, New Zealand, and cruise the rugged and unique southern coastline of New Zealand's South Island,…

Duration: 11 Days
Ship: Spirit of Enderby
Next Departure Date: 31 Dec 2021
Sub-Antarctic Islands - Birding Down Under
Sub-Antarctic Islands - Birding Down Under

Listen to the names: Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland, Campbell, Macquarie and Chatham Islands. They are music to the ears of…

Duration: 19 Days
Ship: Spirit of Enderby
Next Departure Date: 12 Nov 2021
Ross Sea Including Helicopters (end Ushuaia)
Ross Sea Including Helicopters (end Ushuaia)

Join us on this 32-day exploratory voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula, to the rarely visited volcanic Peter I Island, to…

Duration: 32 Days
Ship: Ortelius
Next Departure Date: 16 Feb 2022
In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton
In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton

Experience the greatest expedition known in the century and head down to the white baron land, Antarctica. From exploring historic…

Duration: 30 Days
Ship: Spirit of Enderby
Next Departure Date: 11 Feb 2021
In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton end Invercargill
In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton end Invercargill

Experience the greatest expedition known in the century and head down to the white baron land, Antarctica. From exploring historic…

Duration: 30 Days
Ship: Spirit of Enderby
Next Departure Date: 13 Jan 2021