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Snares Islands (New Zealand)

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Australia - New Zealand - Pacific Ocean Islands

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2019-09-20 19:57

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Snares Islands (aka The Snares or Tini Heke) is a small archipelago located to the southwest of Stewart Island and approx 200 km (124 mi) south of New Zealand's South Island. The goupr covers a total area of approx 3,5 km2 (1,4 mi2) and have population under 100.

Snares Islands (New Zealand) cruise destination

The Snares consist of North East Island (main/largest), the smaller Broughton Island, as well as the Western Chain Islands - approx 5 km (3 mi) to the southwest. The group was first sighted by Europeans in November 1791 and independently by two British Royal Navy ships - HMS Discovery (commanded by George Vancouver /1757-1798) and HMS Chatham (commanded by William R. Broughton /1762-1821). Both vessels were part of the global Vancouver Expedition (1791-95). Captain Vancouver named the islands "The Snares" as he considered them a shipping threat.

The Snares were well known to the Maori (NZ's indigenous Polynesian people) who named the bigger North East Island Te Taniwha (The Sea-monster). Unlike other subantarctic isles greatly affected by the 19th-century's sealing and whaling, The Snares remained untouched and are currently one of New Zealand's last pristine regions.

Snares Islands are highly protected being rated as "minimum impact islands" by NZ's Department of Conservation. Cruise ships usually only navigate around them and occasionally anchor at sea for passengers to enjoy the coastline scenery and wildlife as landing on the isles is prohibited. The only exceptions (via special research permits) are for science expeditions.

The Snares are among the five subantarctic island groups that form the UNESCO Site "New Zealand Subantarctic Islands" - together with Bounty Islands, Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands and Campbell Islands.

In 2020, The Snares were included in the schedule of Ponant's 2018-built superyacht Le Laperouse. Next table shows ship's 15-day itinerary from Tasmania to NZ.

Date / TimePort
04 JanDeparting from Hobart, Tasmania
05-06-07 JanAt Sea
08 JanMacquarie Island, Tasmania
09 JanMacquarie Island, Tasmania
10 JanAt Sea
11 JanCampbell Island, New Zealand
12 JanEnderby Island, New Zealand
13 JanAuckland Island, New Zealand
14 JanSnares Islands, New Zealand
15 JanMilford Sound, New Zealand
15 JanDoubtful Sound, New Zealand
16 JanDusky Sound, New Zealand
17 JanArriving in Dunedin, Port Chalmers, New Zealand

Prices started from ~USD 8800 per person (double-occupancy cabin rates).

Port Snares Islands cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Snares Islands, New Zealand. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

14 January, 2020
Compagnie du Ponant Cruises cruise lineLe Laperouse

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