Bill and Mabel's New Zealand Adventures travel blog

Antipodes Island

Antipodes Island vegetation

Antipodes Subspecies of the New Zealand Pipit

Erect-Crest Penguin Colony

Erect-crested Penguins

Another Erect-Crested Penguin

Erect-crested and Eastern Rockhopper Penguin (middle)

Check Out That Crest!

Antipodes Red-crowned Parakeet Blends in with the Vegetation

Red-crowned Parakeet

Sea Kelp Along the Rocky Shoreline

Antipodes Island Shoreline

Adam, Zodia Driver and Birding Guide

Cliff on the Shoreline

Antartic Fur Seals are Starting to Colonize on the Island (to right)

Another of our Zodiacs Cruising the Antipodes Island

We arrived in the Antipodes Island in the morning on the leeward side of the island, after a fitful sleep. The Antipodes Islands group is the most isolated and least known of New Zealand's Sub-antarctic Islands. Antipodes Island is the largest of the group.

It was a calm and sunny day, although chilly. Since landing on the island is not permitted, we took a Zodiac cruise around the shoreline of the island. We were especially looking for the Antipodes (or Reischek's) Parakeet, which we did not see, except in the distance. (we were the first of two groups of Zodiacs; the second group saw the parakeet).

We did, however, see the Erect-crested and Eastern Rockhopper Penguins on the shore and the Antipodes Red-crowned Parakeet on the hillside. (The Erect-crested Penguins are only found on the Antipodes and our ship is the only commercial tour that visits the Antipodes.) On the ship, we viewed the Antipodes Albatross.

That night we went into the new year before anyone else on the planet. Another night of rock'n and roll'n.

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