Lesley Whyte
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Dec 28 2022 - Jan 11 2023



Cruising the Sub Antarctic Islands – New Zealand’s Galapagos!

*** SOLD OUT *** This is going to be one of Women in Photography’s most amazing photography expeditions – if you’ve ever wanted to photograph the wildlife and landscapes of the Sub Antarctic Islands then come join Leanne Silver, one of Women in Photography’s awesome Senior Photography Mentors as she hosts you onboard our 14 night, 15 day cruise onboard Ponant Le Soleal.   With only 264 passengers and 145 crew and an expert expedition team, you will be very well looked after.

This is such a wonderful expedition and a must for landscape and wildlife photographers plus of course, lovers of the great outdoors!


  • Explore the South West World Heritage Area home to majestic and spectacular Milford, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds.
  • Experience a Zodiac cruise in the fiords and try to spot the rare Fiordland Crested penguin.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Te Wāhipounamu and its majestic Milford Sound, Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound and New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands (Snares, Auckland and Campbell Islands).
  • View breeding populations of New Zealand, Antarctic and Subantarctic Fur Seals, New Zealand Sea Lions and Southern Elephant Seals.
  • Explore the Snares, home to more nesting seabirds than the entire realm of the British Isles.
  • Undertake a guided walk on the predator-free sanctuary of Ulva Island (Te Wharawhara).
  • Gain an insight into the history and the diversity of flora and fauna from your expert expedition team on board and whilst exploring by Zodiac.

At Sea Days:

While on the “at sea days” Leanne will run processing, Lightroom and Photoshop sessions, so be sure to bring your laptop.  A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment. You may want to make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Maybe you’ll be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique.   As well as Leanne, there are dedicated PONANT photographers to meet and learn from. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species (so make sure your camera is handy).



Arrive at Dunedin Airport and be transferred to Dunedin’s city centre for a welcome lunch with wine.  After lunch you are transferred to Port Chalmers to board in preparation for your 6pm departure. Get settled into your cabin and meet Leanne for the start of your awesomely amazing expedition.


Ulva Island (Te Wharawhara) is the largest of 20 islands within Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island, with an area of approx. 270 hectares. The island has never been logged and was declared pest free in 1997, becoming one of the few predator-free sanctuaries in New Zealand. The island is now a haven for many species of birds and plants that are rare, or have died out, on the mainland of New Zealand. Bird species regularly encountered include: the flightless Stewart Island Weka, South Island saddleback, yellowhead and Stewart Island robin. Ulva Island is not only a bird enthusiast’s paradise, it is also one of the few offshore islands with a largely undisturbed podocarp forest. Well-maintained tracks offer easy walking for most people providing a unique opportunity to see rare birds and plants at close quarters in a safe environment.


Dusky Sound is one of the most isolated fjords in Fiordland National Park. This huge, protected natural zone situated in the south-west quarter of New Zealand’s South Island is listed as UNESCO World Heritage. The sheer cliffs, waterfalls, shimmering lakes and primitive forests here are each more beautiful than the next. These spectacular landscapes sculpted by successive glaciations are a source of endless wonder. In 1773, the British navigator James Cookspent a few weeks at Dusky Sound, as demonstrated by a plaque that can be seen at Astronomer’s Point. During your sailing, observe the richness of the local wildlife: cormorants, seagulls, New Zealand fur seals, but also Fiordland crested penguins, a rare and endemic species. Weather and time permitting you may explore the Sound from our fleet of Zodiac®.


Referred to as the “Sound of Silence”, there is a secluded serenity that surrounds Doubtful Sound in contrast with the better-known Milford Sound. Both are part of the Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lieutenant James Cook named ‘Doubtful Harbour’ in 1770 as he was uncertain if it was navigable under sail. Doubtful Sound is the deepest of the fiords with a maximum depth of 421 m. It contains three distinct ‘arms’ and several outstanding waterfalls in the area from Deep Cove to the open ocean. Your ship will spend time navigating around Secretary Island through both Thompson and Doubtful Sounds. You will enjoy the spectacular scenery from the outer decks.


Milford Sound fiord is among one of the most beautiful natural sites in New Zealand. So much beauty will quite simply take your breath away. Located on the south-west coast of South Island, in the Fiordland National Park, this sumptuous inlet carved out by glaciers advances over at least 15 kilometres inland, in the Southern Alps. Majestic cliffs seem to surge out of the dark waters, rising several hundred metres high: an abrupt relief from where impressive waterfalls cascade.


Amongst the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand, the Snareshave the distinction of being the only forested group without introduced mammals, not even mice. Consequently, it is a remarkable haven for wildlife. The island boasts more nesting seabirds than the entire realm of the British Isles. Over 2 million Sooty Shearwaters breed here in the summer months. Four species of Albatross are listed as breeding on the Snares along with 35,000 endemic Snares crested penguins. There are also approximately 1,000 New Zealand fur seals and 500 New Zealand sea lions. Landing on the Snares is prohibited. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to explore the coastal environments and view the prolific wildlife from our fleet of Zodiac®.


Enderby Island is situated off the North Eastern tip of Auckland Island and is the second largest Island in the group. The eradication of introduced species in 1994 has seen a significant increase in the abundance of the native flora and fauna compared to the main Auckland Island. It has become a stronghold for the rare yellow-eyed penguin and the primary breeding location of the New Zealand Sea Lion. You will head ashore and have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk on the Northern Cliffs track as well as spend time viewing the New Zealand Sea Lion colony. There is also the opportunity to undertake a zodiac tour around the coastline of Enderby Island in search of the Auckland Island Teal and other endemic species.


The Auckland Islands are the largest, highest and biologically richest of the five groups of Subantarctic Islands. They have been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International as they hold important seabird breeding colonies. The flora of the Auckland Islands is fascinatingly diverse with over 233 species of vascular plant. Musgrave Inlet is a picturesque bay on the eastern side of Auckland Island. Its sheer cliffs have protected the endemic flora from the introduced species, providing one of the best floral displays in the entire Island group. Landing in Musgrave Inlet is prohibited. If time and weather permits, you will have the opportunity to view the spectacular flora and fauna from our fleet of zodiacs.




Macquarie Island, or “Macca” as it is colloquially known, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997 as a site of major geoconservation significance, being the only island in the world composed entirely of oceanic crust and rocks from the mantle. It is an island of unique natural diversity and one of the truly remarkable places on earth. Sandy Bay is located on the East Coast of the Island and is home to significant Royal and King Penguin rookeries as well as a breeding colony of Southern Elephant Seals. You will have the opportunity to land ashore in Sandy Bay to view both the King and Royal colonies as well as the other prolific wildlife in the Bay.


Long celebrated as one of the wonder spots of the world, the Macquarie Island is an island of great beauty and outstanding natural diversity, a breeding place for more than 3.5 million seabirds, most of which are penguins. There are four species breeding on Macquarie Island; Royals, Kings, Gentoos and Rock Hoppers. There are also three types of fur seals and one seventh of the world’s population of elephant seals breeding on the Island. In 1948 The Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) established its expedition headquarters on Macquarie Island. You will have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk around the ANARE Station to view the facility and the prolific wildlife that resides here.




Campbell Island is the most southerly of the five New Zealand subantarctic groups. Described by the English botanist Joseph Hooker as having a “flora display second to none outside the tropics.” It is known for its megaherbs, herbaceous, perennial wildflowers characterised by their great size, with huge leaves and very colourful flowers, which have developed as an adaptation to the harsh weather conditions on the islands. Campbell Island is also home to six species of albatross, and several critically endangered endemic birds including the Campbell Island teal and snipe. You will have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk on the Col Lyell Saddle boardwalk as well as undertake a zodiac tour around the coastline of Perseverance Harbour.




The volcanic islands of the Antipodes Island group lie 860 km to the southeast of New. The group belongs to the New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands and consists of one main island, Antipodes Island, Bollons Island to the north, and numerous small islets and stacks. The islands are home to a wide variety of sea and land bird species including two species of parakeet. The seabirds range from the tiny storm petrel to the Antipodean wandering albatross, one of the largest flying birds in the world. There are also significant populations of erect-crested and rock hopper penguins. Landing on the Antipodes is prohibited. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to explore the coastal environments and view the prolific wildlife from our fleet of zodiacs.


Tonight is our farewell dinner, so let’s have our last dinner together and toast to a memorable expedition.


When you wake up, you’ll be back at Dunedin – after an early breakfast you’ll be disembarking at 8.00am and this marks the end of an absolutely amazing Women in Photography expedition.


Prices ex Dunedin are fully inclusive of

  • Transfers ship to Dunedin CityWelcome Lunch with wine
  • Transfers from Dunedin Airport to City Center
  • Welcome Lunch with Wine
  • Transfer City Center to Port Chalmers to board your ship.
  • All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of
  • disembarkation)
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Port charges ($1,040 AUD per person)
  • Wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands.  Premium brands are your own
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • Room service 24h (special selection)
  • Gratuities (prepaid and included in your cost $18 AUD per person per day)
  • Dedicated photography mentoring by Leanne, camera settings, filter use along with processing, Lightroom and Photoshop sessions
  • Invitation to join Women in Photography’s Alumni Facebook group – a place where you can continue to share your photos and meet other amazing Alumni who have been part of the Women in Photography journey
  • Women in Photography pen and A5 photo diary with Quick Reference Cards for all the photographic genres you’ll experience.  This is very handy on this expedition so you can write notes of what you photographed each day.


  • Any ground services/flights before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned (details are available upon request ) – this cruise is Dunedin – Dunedin.
  • Visa expenses (which may include additional administrative charges imposed by the authorities of a country) and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable.
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)


  • Travel insurance suitable for this type of expedition is required – Kerry can assist and provide a quote
  • You will require approval closer to departure from your medical practitioner due to the remoteness of the location.


  • We will provide an updated equipment & clothing list suitable for this expedition, this although is our standard equipment & clothing list 

Prices range from:

  • Deluxe Stateroom                            AUD $16,510 per person
  • Prestige Stateroom Deck 4           AUD $17,950 per person
  • Prestige Stateroom Deck 5           AUD $18,753 per person

NOTE:  Don’t want to share, enquire about the rate for a cabin on your own


Want to make a booking, email Women in Photography’s travel agent Kerry Graham at kerry@privatetravel.co.nz or if you have a photography enquiry contact Lesley at lesley@womeninphotography.co

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