The Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand are home to some of the most rare and intriguing plant and animal species on the planet. Wildlife viewing along the coasts and islands of this region is, simply, exceptional! Below, a by-the-numbers glance at the Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand.
- 11 Species of Albatross—half of the world’s 22 species of albatross reside on the sub-Antarctic islands, and you have the chance to see them all! Even the southern royal, whose wingspan of 9 to 11 feet makes it one of the largest flying birds in the world, second only to the wandering albatross.
- 10 Species of Endemic Megaherbs—huge flowering plants found nowhere else in the world, you might even get to see megaherbs still in bloom while on Campbell Island.
- 8 Species of Penguin—Snare’s crested, yellow-eyed, Fiordland crested, royal, little, king, gentoo, and eastern rockhopper all call this region home. Australia’s Macquarie Island is particularly noteworthy—100,000 pairs of king penguins and 100% of the world’s 850,000 pairs of royal penguins all breed here.
- 8 Stellar Expedition Staff, including Zegrahm cofounder and expedition leader, Mike Messick; conservation biologist and naturalist, Rich Pagen; ornithologist, Brent Stephenson; and more!
- 1,500 permits are the maximum number issued each year to these ecologically-fragile isles—call us today to be one of the lucky few to get your hands on one (and one of the last few suites on this trip)!
For more information, visit Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand.