Megaherb field of Pleurophyllum speciosum, Campbell IslandPHOTO: Stephen Jaquiery | Otago Daily Times ©
Learn about one of the lesser known and least visited islands of New Zealand’s subantarctic islands.
Antipodes Island is the most remote of New Zealand’s subantarctic islands, 870 km southeast of the South Island.
The Auckland Islands are the largest of New Zealand’s subantarctic islands with the richest flora, the largest number of subantarctic invertebrates and some of the rarest birds on earth.
The Auckland Islands - Motu Maha Marine Reserve covers an area of about 484,000 ha in the Southern Ocean, providing breeding grounds for Southern right whales, New Zealand sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins.
The Bounty Islands are a bare and wind swept group of 22 slippery granite rocks 700 km east-south-east of New Zealand.
At first view, these bleak subantarctic rocks appear anything but bountiful, but they are some of the most densely populated rocks in the Southern Ocean, and they are also teeming with underwater life.
Remote, rugged and windswept, Campbell Island is one of the cornerstones of New Zealand’s subantarctic World Heritage Site.
Campbell Island/Moutere Ihupuku is the eroded remains of a shield volcano, characterised by large cliffs, boulder beaches and a few sandy bays. It lies 660 km south of the South Island, and it is New Zealand’s southern most island.
The Snares are the northernmost of New Zealand’s subantarctic islands and one of the most untouched and pristine areas in New Zealand.