Campbell Island boasts a fascinating history, as well as incredible birdlife. The island was discovered in 1810, and has since been used for both whaling, and later farming, between 1895 and 1934. During WWII, coastwatchers were stationed on the island, before it was later occupied by New Zealand Metrological service post war. Farm animals were eventually all removed by 1990, as well as the successful removal of rats. A conservation success story, the endangered Campbell Island Flightless Teal was reintroduced to the island when the species was rediscovered on a small offshore island in 1975. Amazingly, a species of Snipe – The Campbell Island Snipe – was discovered in 1997. The species was confined to a small, sheer rock stack, on a nearby island just off the coast. The island is also home to several nesting sites of the Southern Royal Albatross, whilst the island is also renowned for several outstanding examples of megaherbs.
The Auckland Islands, and The Snares are two other island groups that can be explored, both home to a variety of sensational birdlife and impressive flora. Check out our “Galapagos of the Southern Ocean” itinerary for more information.
“Seeing over 1 million Royal Penguins nesting on Macquarie Island is something I will always remember. Not to mention elephant seals and King penguins in their thousands. It’s a special bucket-list location for the world adventurer which I highly recommend” – Taleen Gaidzkar – Senior Destination Specialist