Antipodes Island is one of the most isolated, least known and rugged of New Zealand’s Sub-antarctic Islands. It is
volcanic in origin. Landings are not permitted, so we did a zodiac cruise along the coastline where we saw the erect
crested and rockhopper penguins. .
Antipodes Island and the Bounty Islands
Since the island was small, it afforded only modest protection against the wind and waves and we experienced a fair
amount of water spray in the Zodiacs. In addition to seeing penguins all along the island, we also encountered a large
group of thousands of penguins in the water. They were either returning or about to go to sea.
The next morning we awoke at the Bounty Islands which were discovered by Captain Bligh of the Bounty in 1798.
The islands collectively have a surface of only 1/2 mile. The islands are all rock with no plants of any type, yet the
island is an amazing sanctuary for wildlife. It is covered with birds and seals. Despite the very steep granite walls,
penguins and seals are found everywhere to the very top. Once again, we were restricted to using the zodiacs to
see this island.
Above, Bounty Islands in the background and Albatross from the island.
Below, we zodiac in big swells to the Bounties.
Below, more albatross.