• Credit: Pete McClelland, 2013
  • Credit: Pete McClelland, 2013
  • Credit: Pete McClelland, 2013
  • Credit: Pete McClelland, 2013
  • Credit: Pete McClelland, 2013

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Auckland Islands

50°37'11" S 166°4'53" N

The New Zealand sub-Antarctic islands consist of five island groups.

  • The Snares
  • Bounty Islands
  • Antipodes Islands
  • Auckland Islands
  • Campbell Island

They lie in the Southern Ocean south-east of New Zealand, spanning six degrees of latitude, from 47 to 52 degrees south.

Described by the United Nations Environment Program as “the most diverse and extensive of all sub-Antarctic archipelagos”, all five island groups were honoured with World Heritage status in 1998. They are also National Nature Reserves under New Zealand’s Reserves Act 1977. The Department of Conservation (DOC) is charged with protecting and preserving these islands in perpetuity.

Of the five islands, DOC has advised that only main Campbell, main Auckland and Enderby are open to visitors. All other island islets and rock stacks are closed, including The Snares.

Auckland Island at 50,000ha is the largest of the Auckland Islands group that lie 465 kilometres (290 miles) from the South Island port of Bluff, between the latitudes 50° 30′ and 50° 55′ S and longitudes 165° 50′ and 166° 20′ E. The other Auckland Islands include: Adams Island (10,000ha), Enderby Island (600ha), Disappointment Island, Ewing Island, Rose Island, Dundas Island and Green Island, with a combined area of 625 square kilometres (240 square miles). Enderby Island is most popular island of the group.

The Auckland Islands are made up of the remains of two ancient volcanoes which have been subsequently cut by glaciers. It is notable for its steep cliffs and rugged terrain, which rises to over 600 m (1,969 ft).

Visitors can look forward to seeing New Zealand sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins at Enderby Island; and White-capped  Mollymawk (albatross colony) at the main Auckland Island.

On average, it rains 27 days a month, the winds usually blow harder than 60 hk/h, and temperatures rarely reach higher than 15 degrees Celcius.

Auckland Island, the largest island in the group has a number of designated tourist sites primarily based around a historic or natural feature. Each site has an annual and a daily limit on the number of visitors who can land.

At Auckland Island sites, the landings are normally on stony or rocky shorelines.

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The Auckland Islands has an abundance and diversity of seabirds (such as Gibson’s Albatross and White-Capped Mollymawks), is the primary breeding ground for the rarest and most endangered sea lions in the world, the New Zealand (Hooker) sea lion, and is also the breeding ground for 30% of the world’s population of the Yellow-Eyed Penguin. The main Auckland Island also boosts populations of Shags, Snipe and Teal. Shags and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross tend to nest on the cliff ledges.

Vegetation wise, Auckland Islands have the richest flora of the five island groups – 233 taxa have been recorded, 196 of which are native.

The islands are protected by the Auckland Islands National Nature Reserve which extends to the mean low water spring tide mark and the marine reserve which extends from 12nm out to mean high water springs. Access to or upon any foreshore requires an entry permit issued by the Department of Conservation (DOC) which covers the sites that can be accessed and the activities which may be undertaken while on the reserve. Tourism activities are controlled by permits and ecotourism ventures are restricted to limited numbers of passengers each year. A code of compliance designed to avoid accidental introduction of foreign organisms is also in place. Fishing is not allowed in any marine reserves.

This marine reserve is the first reserve to exist in the New Zealand sub-Antarctic. It completely protects a range of both unique and representative marine habitats. In a region where all living things are dependent on the sea, this allows for a holistic approach to conservation management integrating both the terrestrial and marine environments. No discharges e.g. grey or brown water or food scraps are permitted within the marine reserve.

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L'Austral 14-Jan-2018 0630 - 2300
L'Austral 15-Jan-2018 0600 - 1800

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