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Hobart & Galapagos of the Southern Ocean with Robin Moon | Heritage Adventurer

15 Days
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STYLE: Small Ship Expedition Cruise, Photography Tour 

Trip Code: NZHERMG

DIFFICULTY RATING: Cabin on board ship & hotel

Start: Hobart, Australia

Finish: Queenstown, New Zealand

SHIP: Heritage Adventurer


Tasmania & Subantarctic Islands of Australia & New Zealand

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3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch while in Hobart and all meals while onboard the ship 


Private transfer from Hobart Airport to hotel, group transfer from Bluff port to Invercargill or Queenstown airport 


Cabin on board ship & hotel

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Included SightseeingIncluded Sightseeing

Bruny Island Wildlife Tour, Southwest Wilderness Tour, Lecture from Macquarie Island Trust, all expedition excursions and lectures onboard the ship by the Experienced Expedition Team


NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change depending on government regulations, weather & ice conditions 


Travel with world renowned Australian photographer, Robin Moon, who was recently named Australian Digital Photographer of the year, with a small group of like minded travellers.

Singles travel from $24,810 AUD in a sole occupancy room & cabin! 

Your adventure will start in Hobart, Australia where you will spend 4 days exploring the city and surrounds. Robin hails from Tassie and knows all of the hidden gems and best photography spots and will provide one on one coaching to prepare you for shooting wildlife and scenery on your expedition to the Sub Antarctic Islands. 

Explore Bruny Island on an exclusive tour, spotting a range of wildlife and endemic birds as well as having some time to enjoy the locally produced gourmet food. You'll also enjoy an excursion by scenic flight into the remote Southwest National Park where you will have the day to discover the walking trails, cruise the rivers and lakes and practice your landscape photography. 

You will board the well appointed Heritage Adventure in Hobart and cruise towards the Subantarctic Islands, which are dubbed the 'Galapagos of the Southern Ocean' due to their incredibly rich biodiversity. This expedition experience will have you encountering vast colonies of penguins, fur and elephant seals. You will also spot unique seabirds including albatross, petrels, shearwaters and prions. Discover four of the Subantarctic Islands on this incredible adventure as you immerse yourself in some of the most remote and isolated islands of the world, each unique and filled with incredible vistas and varied ecosystems. From rocky shores to open plains of incredible 'megaherbs'. This is a truly unforgettable and unique expedition experience close to home. 

Robin will be onboard to provide photography coaching and advice and she will present several lectures onboard, as well as share a slideshow of images at the end of the trip. You will also be in the capable hands of the very knowledgeable expedition crew onboard and enjoy a range of zodiac cruises and Antarctic excursions.  

* Landings at the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand are by permit only as administered by the Government of New Zealand. No landings are permitted at The Snares.


Availability on the pre-cruise tour in Hobart is limited. Pricing is based on twin share and a Deck 4 Superior room (twin/double share on the ship). Upgrades are available. For those wanting to share you can be matched with someone of the same gender on the ship, but will need to pay a single supplement for the Hobart portion of the trip. Single cabins are available on the ship and the single price is based on a Main Deck single cabin. 

Please note: There are minimum numbers required for us to guarantee the pre touring arrangements. If these are not met within 90 days of the tour we reserve the right to cancel this portion of the itinerary and you will be refunded the cost of this portion and depart cruise only from Hobart on 22 Nov 24. There is a tour by scenic plane in Hobart - there is a minimum of 7 guests required to operate the plane, if these numbers are not reached an alternative tour may be provided or a surcharge may be payable. We will advise prior to the final payment date if numbers have been met. 

Pricing and availability is correct at the time of publishing, but is subject to change. Please contact us for pricing and further information.


Transfer from Hobart Airport to Hotel

On arrival into Hobart airport you will be met and transferred by private transfer to your hotel.

Please note if you require a transfer outside of the hours of 7am to 7pm then a surcharge will apply.

Evening Presentation with Macquarie Island Trust

This evening we have organised an exclusive update from one of the directors of the Macquarie Island Trust – they will delight you with tales of the landscapes, flora and fauna you will see when you visit the island on your expedition (weather conditions permitting) and talk about some of the conversation work they are doing here. The protected Marine Park area around the island has recently just been tripled in size and covers an area larger than Germany. As part of your tour, we will donate to the fund and you will have the option to sign up to become a member of the conservation trust.

Birding & Wildlife Tour Bruny Island

It will be an early start this morning and you will be met at the hotel to take the first ferry over to Bruny Island for your exclusive group tour. Robin hails from Tassie and her and her husband Timothy have been to Bruny Island more times than they can count and will share all their favourite hidden gems with you as well as provide photography coaching. You will be joined by an expert local naturalist guide who has a passion for the outdoors and wildlife, and you will visit a botanical garden and nature museum, where you can learn about conservation projects on the Island. Today will be an excellent chance to practice your camera skills and shooting wildlife before you embark on your expedition cruise. You’ll make a stop for lunch (not included) at a local restaurant to enjoy some of the local wine and seafood and if time permits, we will include a stop to sample some of the locally sourced and produced food like cheese and honey.

At the end of your tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Please note this tour is exclusive to the group. There is a stop for lunch but it is not included.

Day tour to Southwest National Park

Today you will have the bucket list experience of visiting the remote South West National Park. You will have exclusive access to the national park and enjoy scenic flights from Hobart and a fully guided tour of this largely untouched region, that very few people have the opportunity to visit. Choose from short walks, wildlife spotting and hike to scenic lookouts. The tour includes a boat ride down islets and out into Bathurst Harbour. On return to Hobart you will meet with fellow passengers who are joining you on the expedition cruise for an included dinner and some members of the ship expedition crew.

Port of Hobart

Today, we will enjoy breakfast in the hotel restaurant before departing for the Port of Hobart to embark on your ship. Upon arrival, you will have time to settle into your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship. In the early afternoon, we will depart from the Port of Hobart, which was historically the center for the Southern Ocean whaling and sealing trade. Now, it is a bustling seaport and serves as the home port for both Australian and French Antarctic operations. You are invited to join the expedition team in the Observation Lounge and on the Observation Deck as we sail across Storm Bay, passing by Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula before setting our course for Macquaire Island.

At Sea - Days 3 to 4

As we journey south through the Roaring Forties towards Macquarie Island, we will prepare for our visit with a series of lectures on the island's biology, history, and the Southern Ocean. Birdwatching enthusiasts will have exciting opportunities to spot various species, including the Wandering Albatross, Royal Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Salvin’s Albatross, Grey-headed Albatross, as well as the Northern and Southern Giant Petrel. Additionally, we may encounter the Sooty Shearwater, Little Shearwater, Soft-plumaged Petrel, Mottled Petrel, White-headed Petrel, Grey-faced Petrel, White-chinned Petrel, Grey-backed Storm-petrel, Wilson’s Storm-petrel, Black-bellied Stormpetrel, and Common Diving-petrel. Keep your eyes peeled for these fascinating seabirds as we continue our journey.

Macquarie Island - Days 5 to 6

Sir Douglas Mawson, the renowned Australian Antarctic Explorer, once described Macquarie Island as 'One of the wonder spots of the world.' During our two-day exploration of this remarkable island, you'll understand why. Recognized as one of the first Subantarctic Islands to achieve World Heritage Status, its unique geology sets it apart. Macquarie Island boasts exposed midocean crustal rocks, a rare phenomenon resulting from the collision of the Australian and Pacific Plates.

Affectionately known as 'Macca' by its resident ranger population, the island was discovered in 1810 and quickly faced devastation from sealers who introduced invasive species like rats, mice, cats, and rabbits. This led to the near-elimination of native bird populations and widespread destruction of vegetation. However, a determined 7-year eradication program by the Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service restored the island to a pest-free status in 2014. Since then, both birds and plants have rebounded, showcasing remarkable regeneration and increased numbers.

Macquarie Island is a sanctuary for four penguin species: Kings, Royals, Gentoo, and Rockhopper, including the exclusive Royal Penguin found nowhere else in the world. Weather permitting, our visit will allow us to land at two sites, offering opportunities to observe and photograph all four species. Additionally, the island hosts a thriving population of Southern Elephant Seals, with pups born in October and weaned in November as breeding adults return to the sea. Visitors may witness these weaners and sub-adults lounging on the beaches, later braving the seas in January while navigating past offshore predators like Orcas or Killer Whales.

Home to the Australian Antarctic Research Base at Buckles Bay, Macquarie Island has maintained one of the longest continuously occupied bases in the Subantarctic. Established in 1947, the base has remained staffed ever since.

At Sea

Sailing east through the Furious Fifties, also known as the Albatross latitudes, we will host a series of informal lectures on the biology and history of the Subantarctic Islands in preparation for our visit to Campbell Island. Species we may encounter include the Wandering Albatross, Royal Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Salvin’s Albatross, Grey-headed Albatross, Northern and Southern Giant Petrel. Additionally, we anticipate sightings of numerous prions, such as Fairy, Fulmar, and Antarctic, although identifying them can pose a challenge, we are sure to enjoy some spectacular views.

Campbell Island - Days 8 to 9

We have two days to explore Campbell Island, New Zealand’s southernmost Subantarctic territory, boasting a rich and varied history akin to the other islands we've visited.

Discovered in 1810 by the same sealing captain who found Macquarie Island, it was soon occupied by sealers who introduced rats and cats. In 1895, the New Zealand government offered the island as a pastoral lease, taken up by an entrepreneurial sheep farmer who stocked it with sheep and cattle. Farming practices, including scrub burning, significantly altered the island until abandonment in 1934. During the war, Coastwatchers were stationed on the island, later succeeded by the New Zealand Meteorological Service, which maintained a manned weather/research station until 1995.

In the early 1970s, the island was halved by fencing, with stock removed from the northern half. Monitoring and removal of remaining animals culminated in a predator-free declaration in 2003, facilitating the reintroduction of the endangered Campbell Island Flightless Teal. Snipe, previously unknown on the island but discovered on an offshore counterpart, recolonized naturally. The island's vegetation, once lauded by Sir Joseph Hooker, is now flourishing and spectacular.

We will offer several exploration options, including extended walks to Northwest Bay and an easier stroll to the Col Lyall Saddle. Each option provides ample opportunity to observe the Southern Royal Albatross nesting in abundance. Additionally, we will visit areas showcasing the island's renowned megaherbs.

Auckland Islands – Carnley Harbour

The Auckland Islands group was formed by two volcanoes which erupted some 10-25 million years ago. They have subsequently been eroded and dissected by glaciation, creating the archipelago as we know it today. In the south of the archipelago, there is a very large sheltered harbor rich in human history, including shipwrecks, treasure hunters, Coastwatchers, and, of course, scientific parties. We enter the harbor through the eastern entrance, which is guarded on both sides by dramatic cliffs and rugged, tussock-covered hills.

The more energetic expeditioners may climb to the South West Cape and visit the Shy Albatross colony. This climb provides magnificent views in all directions, especially over the western entrance to Carnley Harbour, Adams Island, and Western Harbour. For those not climbing, there will be an opportunity to Zodiac cruise along the coast of Adams Island and Western Harbour, with landings at the latter.

Other options include the Tagua Bay Coastwatcher’s hut and lookout which was occupied during the Second World War. We could visit Epigwatt and the remains of the ‘Grafton’ which was wrecked here in 1864. All five men aboard survived and lived here for 18 months before sailing their modified dinghy to New Zealand to get help.

Auckland Islands – Enderby Island

Enderby Island is one of the most beautiful islands in this group and is named after the same distinguished shipping family as one of our former vessels. This northernmost island in the archipelago is an outstanding wildlife and birding location and is relatively easy to land on and walk around. The island was cleared of all introduced animals (pests) in 1994, and both birds and vegetation, especially the herbaceous plants, are recovering in both numbers and diversity. Our plan is to land at Sandy Bay, one of three breeding areas in the Auckland Islands for the Hooker’s or New Zealand Sea Lion, a rare member of the seal family. Beachmaster bulls gather on the beach, defending their harems.

Hooker’s or New Zealand Sea Lion numbers are in slow decline, for reasons which are not obvious but most probably connected with a nearby squid fishery. During our day ashore, there will be several options, some longer walks, some shorter walks, and time to spend just sitting and enjoying the wildlife. The walking is relatively easy; a boardwalk traverses the island to the dramatic western cliffs, from where we follow the coast and circumnavigate the island. Birds that we are likely to encounter include the following species: Southern Royal Albatross, Northern Giant Petrel, Auckland Island Shag, Auckland Island Flightless Teal, Auckland Island Banded Dotterel, Auckland Island Tomtit, Bellbird, Pipit, Red-crowned Parakeet, Yellow-eyed Penguin, and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross. There is also a very good chance of observing the Subantarctic Snipe.

The Snares - North East Island

The closest Subantarctic Islands to New Zealand, they were appropriately called The Snares as they were once considered a hazard for sailing ships. Comprising two main islands and a group of five islands called the Western Chain, they are uninhabited and enjoy the highest protection as Nature Reserves. It is claimed by some that these islands are home to more nesting seabirds than all of the British Isles together.

We plan to arrive early in the morning and, as landings are not permitted, we will Zodiac cruise along the sheltered eastern side of the main island if the weather and sea conditions are suitable. In the sheltered bays, we should see the endemic Snares Crested Penguin, Snares Island Tomtit, and Fernbirds. Cape Pigeons, Antarctic Terns, White-fronted Terns, and Red-billed Gulls are also present in good numbers. There are hundreds of thousands of Sooty Shearwaters nesting on The Snares; the actual number is much debated. This afternoon en route to the Port of Bluff, take the opportunity to relax and reflect on an amazing experience. We will recap the highlights of our expedition and enjoy a farewell dinner tonight as we complete the last few miles of our journey.

Invercargill / Queenstown

Early this morning, we will arrive at the Port of Bluff. After a final breakfast, we bid farewell to our fellow voyagers and take a complimentary coach transfer to either Invercargill or Queenstown Airports. In case of unexpected delays due to weather and/or port operations, we ask you not to book any onward travel until after midday from Invercargill and after 3 pm from Queenstown.

Note: During our voyage, circumstances may necessitate or make it desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed. Landings at the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand are by permit only as administered by the Government of New Zealand. No landings are permitted at The Snares.



  • Enjoy hands on photography coaching with Robin Moon, a Sydney based photographer and sponsored by Sony as Digital Imaging Advocate. She has won a number of awards and is the president of the Mosman Camera Club. 

  • This expedition experience is incredibly rich and insightful allowing you to discover a unique pocket of islands to which few travellers ever visit. 

  • The Subantarctic islands are perfect for travellers from Australia and New Zealand, offering a serene and isolated small ship expedition experience close to home. 

  • Encounter an incredibly rich array of wildlife from large seabirds including petrels, prions, albatross and shearwaters to large sea mammals including sea lions, fur and elephant seals.

Heritage Adventurer

Heritage Adventurer

The Heritage Adventurer is a true expedition vessel of exception quality and design. Built in 1991, this 140 guest expedition vessel was purpose built for polar expeditions. Combining a high passenger ship icelass rating (1A Super) and a rich expedition history including most of the northern and southern Arctic and Antarctic, the Adventurer superimposes the notion of a truly tried and tested expedition vessel. 

Holding just 140 guests means the Adventurer perfectly utilises its space to create spacious and stylish voyages. A fleet of 14 zodiacs ensures that every guest can maximise their expedition experience once on board. Complete with stylish accommodations, two restaurants and a bar and lounge area guests will find a number of avenues for relaxation. Furthermore, the ships Open Bridge policy means that guests will be able to first-hand experience the expedition experience from the eyes and shared experiences of the captain and crew. A host of guest lectures from botanists, naturalists, historians and experts will be shown in the ships Presentation Theatre or guests may simply choose to unwind in the library, heated salt water pool, sauna room, gym or enclosed hot tub.

Each voyage on board the Adventurer is entirely unique. As your team of on board experts and well travelled crew meticulously plan and design each exploration in true expedition style. 

Ice Class: Length: 124m
Breadth: 18mMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 15 Knots
Electricity: Passenger

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Hobart & Galapagos of the Southern Ocean with Robin Moon | Heritage Adventurer from USD 0

Important Information


    3 nights in Hobart in twin share 4* accommodation with breakfast 
    Cabin accommodation on board ship
    All meals whilst on board the ship 
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition crew
    Photography coaching with Robin Moon 
    Small group tours in Hobart to Bruny Island and Southwest National Park with local guides and accompanied by Robin Moon 
    All scheduled landings and excursions by zodiac
    All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
    Arrival transfers in Hobart (between 7am/7pm - surcharge applies outside of these times)
    Group transfers to/from the ship  

    * Landings at the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand are by permit only as administered by the Government of New Zealand. No landings are permitted at The Snares.



    International airfare
    Pre or post land arrangements not mentioned in itinerary
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Government arrival and departure taxes
    Any optional activities not mentioned in itinerary
    Customary gratuity for crew and personnel

  • Cabin on board ship & hotel
  • Available on request. Subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.

  • Prices are based on per person, twin share* (unless otherwise stated for triple/quad cabins) 

    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time. 

    Itinerary is subject to change depending on government regulations, weather and ice conditions


    * Landings at the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand are by permit only as administered by the Government of New Zealand. No landings are permitted at The Snares.

  • Departure date,  fuel surcharges, cabin category, currency fluctuations, seasonality and availability.