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New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands | Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island

Not quite the Antarctic, in fact halfway there from Australia or New Zealand, but at 50 degrees south latitude, close enough and chilly enough for most of us.

Macquarie Island is uniquely situated on a boundary between tectonic plates, exposing rocks from beneath the earth's crust. Administratively the island forms part of Tasmania, although the Australian Antarctic Division research station is now the only human habitation. In the early 19th century the island attracted bands of predatory whalers and sealers who quickly depleted Macquarie's natural resources.

Access to Macquarie is now strictly controlled, and for the ordinary traveller becomes feasible only by joining an expedition cruise such as those operated by Heritage Expeditions. Tasmanian park service rangers escort all visitors, who can only land at two locations.

These images were taken with Nikon D300 using RAW format, and are available for licensing. Please visit www.travelgame.org.

Approaching Macquarie
Approaching Macquarie
Near the AAD base on Macquarie
Near the AAD base on Macquarie
Ship's crew preparing for zodiac landings
Ship's crew preparing for zodiac landings
Stepping ashore at the isthmus
Stepping ashore at the isthmus
Welcoming committee on Macquarie Island, Australia
Welcoming committee on Macquarie Island, Australia
Relics of past exploitation: rusting digesters for seal and penguin oil
Relics of past exploitation: rusting digesters for seal and penguin oil
Gentoo Penguin
Gentoo Penguin
The Antarctic Division station, with elephant seals
The Antarctic Division station, with elephant seals
Elephant seals at play
Elephant seals at play
Elephant seals at play
Elephant seals at play
A quizzical old man elephant seal
A quizzical old man elephant seal
Drowsy old man Elephant Seal
Drowsy old man Elephant Seal
Elephant seal
Elephant seal
Elephant seal 'weaners' (newly weaned)
Elephant seal 'weaners' (newly weaned)
A skua contemplates an elephant seal
A skua contemplates an elephant seal
King Penguin rookery, Sandy Bay
King Penguin rookery, Sandy Bay
King penguins
King penguins
King penguins with fledgling
King penguins with fledgling
King Penguin fledgling
King Penguin fledgling
King Penguin
King Penguin
King Penguins, Sandy Bay
King Penguins, Sandy Bay
King Penguins
King Penguins
King penguins
King penguins
Posing with penguins, Sandy Bay
Posing with penguins, Sandy Bay
Close encounters...
Close encounters...
Close encounters (2)
Close encounters (2)
Posing with King Penguins (3)
Posing with King Penguins (3)
Greetings, Earthling
Greetings, Earthling
Royal Penguins, Sandy Bay
Royal Penguins, Sandy Bay
On the march....
On the march....
Royal penguin
Royal penguin
Royal Penguins, Sandy Bay
Royal Penguins, Sandy Bay
Macquarie Island: Love you, too
Macquarie Island: Love you, too
Royal Penguins with degraded tussock grass, Sandy Bay
Royal Penguins with degraded tussock grass, Sandy Bay
Lusitania Bay rookery
Lusitania Bay rookery