The Auckland Islands lie 290 miles (470 km) south of the South Island of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean. They consist of six islands and several rocky islets and are volcanic in origin with shrub forests covering the lower slopes. The climate is cool, humid, and windy. Yellow-eyed penguins, petrels, wild cattle, fur seals, sea lions, sea elephants and the red flowering Flame Trees can be found here.
First discovered by whalers in 1806, Auckland Island was the scene of more than 10 tragic shipwrecks in the closing years of the century. Auckland Island is the largest and rises to about 2,000 feet (600 m) and has a steep east coast with two natural harbours at Carnley Harbour and Port Ross. Places of interest include an abandoned Maori settlement in Port Ross, a German expedition observation point at Terror Cove and a WWII coast watching station at Rancid Cove. In Carnley Harbour, castaway depots at Camp Cove are marked by an A frame building built in 18887 by the crew of the Aware, inscribed with the names of people from the French Bark Anjou wrecked in 1905.
Enderby Island, at the northern end of Auckland Island, is an enchanting site renowned for its southern rata forest, rich with lichens, mosses, ferns, and wildlife. Here you may encounter nesting Royal Albatross, the endangered Yellow-eyed Penguins, and Redcrowned Parakeets. The increasingly rare Hooker's sea lions can be found on the wide, sandy beaches, the centre of this sea lions' population.
Discovered in 1806 by Abraham Bristow, he named them after William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland. A whaling station was established in the islands but was abandoned in 1852 and the islands are now uninhabited.
There are no cruises currently listed for this port of call.