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King Penguins form large colonies and are intensely curious, they have a stronghold on Macquarie Island, between Australia and Antarctica
King Penguins form large colonies and are intensely curious, they have a stronghold on Macquarie Island, between Australia and Antarctica
ExpeditionsSouthern Odyssey: New Zealand and the Subantarctic Islands

Southern Odyssey: New Zealand and the Subantarctic Islands

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Discover New Zealand from the North Island to its most remote islands in the Southern Ocean. Explore natural wonders like Abel Tasman National Park and Milford Sound, and visit towns that tell the country’s story. Admire the Art Deco architecture of Napier, and get acquainted with Māori culture in Gisborne. Cap off the experience amid penguins and sea lions in New Zealand’s seldom-visited subantarctic islands, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Highlights

A view of Milford Sound fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island.
  • Get immersed in beauty: scenic beaches and lush native forests in the North Island and deep fjords and dramatic landscapes in the South Island

  • Discover the history and dynamic culture of New Zealand and the Māori people

  • Explore the sub-Antarctic islands which remain almost completely protected from human activity and are home to a diverse collection of endemic plant and animal species

  • Delve into New Zealand’s cultural riches—from Napier’s Art Deco architecture to historical Māori sites

  • Visit Abel Tasman National Park to discover its golden sand beaches, abundant birdlife, and native forests

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Was $28,672Save $2,000

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duration
22 Days
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Australia & New Zealand 2024

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Expedition Moment - Making Landfall on Remote Macquarie Island

  • Sep 2023

Only 1,000 permits are approved each year for Australia’s remote Macquarie Island. Pair that with the fragile weather systems which can make landfall difficult, and it quickly becomes a destination that very few people are privileged to see. But as guests aboard National Geographic Orion recently discovered, those who arrive are richly rewarded with dazzling sights that include 800,000 breeding pairs of the endemic royal penguin.

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An authentic expedition ship, purpose-built for exploring the South Pacific and its surrounding regions

Featuring 53 cabins, the gracious and intimate National Geographic Orion takes travelers to little-known waters and isles in the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia to experience each location's natural and cultural wonders up close. With her high ice-class rating, National Geographic Orion is strong enough to explore the polar regions, yet her elevated maneuverability allows for navigation practically anywhere accessible by sea.

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Over 50+ years of exploring, Lindblad Expeditions’ veteran staff and the quality companionship they provide has established the company’s reputation. From expedition leaders to naturalists, most hold advanced degrees and are established authorities in their fields. Some join a few expeditions each year to explore the same sites, some of them spending some time in the field away from rigorous academic work. And others lead expeditions all around the world—with many guests saying, “Where you’re going, we’re going,” and returning time after time to travel with them. Browse our team directory to discover the full cast of expedition staff.

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