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New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands | Macquarie Island

New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands

New Zealand’s five groups of subantarctic islands – rugged, lonely and uninhabited – literally drop off the map, unknown to most Kiwis, let alone the rest of the world. Further south, indeed halfway to the Antarctic itself, lies Australia's Macquarie Island, uniquely situated on a boundary between the earth's tectonic plates.

Equally rich in natural values, these islands also number amongst the world's wildest places yet lack the mystique of their inhospitable Australian neighbour. They deserve much wider understanding.

Enderby Island teems with albatross, assorted penguins, petrels, parakeets, gulls, shags and skuas, and its treeless meadows are ablaze with distinctive flowering plants, particularly the subantarctic megaherbs like Bulbinella, with its striking yellow flowers. These are the world's southernmost plants, evolution pushed to its limits in this punishing environment.

An easy walk on Campbell Island climbs away from Perseverance Harbour, following a wooden boardwalk across hillsides carpeted with tussocks, to reach a high saddle. Many southern royal albatross, snow white, spread across the windswept slopes, hunkered down on their nests to mind an egg whilst their partner is out foraging.

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The Snares - as close as we can get
The Snares - as close as we can get
Anchored off Enderby I.
Anchored off Enderby I.
Stella Hut, Enderby I.
Stella Hut, Enderby I.
Sea lion above a beach on Enderby I.
Sea lion above a beach on Enderby I.
A male NZ (Hookers) Sea Lion with his harem on Enderby I., Sub-Antarctic NZ
A male NZ (Hookers) Sea Lion with his harem on Enderby I., Sub-Antarctic NZ
Red-crowned parakeet, Enderby Island, Sub-Antarctic NZ.
Red-crowned parakeet, Enderby Island, Sub-Antarctic NZ.
NZ or Australasian pipit, Enderby I.
NZ or Australasian pipit, Enderby I.
Subantarctic skua, Enderby I.
Subantarctic skua, Enderby I.
Auckland Island Shag
Auckland Island Shag
Rata forest with megaherbs on Enderby
Rata forest with megaherbs on Enderby
'Yellow daisies' megaherb flowering on Enderby
'Yellow daisies' megaherb flowering on Enderby
Megaherb flowering on Enderby I.
Megaherb flowering on Enderby I.
Trio of NZ (Hookers) sea lions, Enderby I.
Trio of NZ (Hookers) sea lions, Enderby I.
Hookers sea lions, Enderby I.
Hookers sea lions, Enderby I.
Yellow-eyed Penguins, Enderby I.
Yellow-eyed Penguins, Enderby I.
Sub-Antarctic Auckland Island at dusk, NZ
Sub-Antarctic Auckland Island at dusk, NZ
Zodiac party landing at Port Ross, Auckland I.
Zodiac party landing at Port Ross, Auckland I.
Graveyard at Hardwicke settlement, Erebus Cove
Graveyard at Hardwicke settlement, Erebus Cove
Solitary sea lion in calm waters, Sub-Antarctic NZ
Solitary sea lion in calm waters, Sub-Antarctic NZ
Morning sky over Port Ross
Morning sky over Port Ross
Carnley Harbour, Auckland Islands
Carnley Harbour, Auckland Islands
Adams Island, Auckland group
Adams Island, Auckland group
Approaching the Met. Station, Campbell I.
Approaching the Met. Station, Campbell I.
Hiking up to Col Lyall, Campbell I.
Hiking up to Col Lyall, Campbell I.
Hikers at Beeman Hill, Campbell I.
Hikers at Beeman Hill, Campbell I.
Mt Dumas looms over Perseverance Harbour, Campbell I., Sub-Antarctic NZ
Mt Dumas looms over Perseverance Harbour, Campbell I., Sub-Antarctic NZ
Mt Lyall, Campbell I.
Mt Lyall, Campbell I.
Perseverance Harbour, Campbell I.
Perseverance Harbour, Campbell I.
Southern Royal Albatross nesting on Campbell I.
Southern Royal Albatross nesting on Campbell I.
Southern royal albatross nesting, Campbell I.
Southern royal albatross nesting, Campbell I.
Fungi and mosses, Campbell I.
Fungi and mosses, Campbell I.
Western coast of Campbell I.
Western coast of Campbell I.
Giant purple daisy, Campbell I.
Giant purple daisy, Campbell I.
Descending Mt Honey, Campbell I.
Descending Mt Honey, Campbell I.
Leaving Campbell I.
Leaving Campbell I.
Campbell Island Albatross(?) in flight
Campbell Island Albatross(?) in flight
Campbell Island Albatross rookery
Campbell Island Albatross rookery
Campbell Island Albatross rookery
Campbell Island Albatross rookery
NE coast of Campbell Island
NE coast of Campbell Island
Giant Petrel
Giant Petrel