Days
26
Price from
€18,840EUR
Map of In the Wake of Mawson including Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand

Venture to Mawson’s Huts in East Antarctica via New Zealand’s beautiful subantarctic islands

Trace the path of legendary Australian geologist and explorer Sir Douglas Mawson on this superb 26-day polar cruise into East Antarctica. Charting a course from Hobart, Tasmania, all the way down to the great white continent and back up to Bluff, New Zealand, this exclusive cruise comes courtesy of Chimu Adventures and the Mawson’s Huts Foundation. Peregrine travellers can now visit the far-flung east coast of Antarctica, sailing via Macquarie Island, Campbell Island, the Auckland Islands, The Snares, and Commonwealth Bay, the home base of Mawson’s great journey. The rare opportunity to visit Mawson’s Huts gives a first-hand glimpse into the fated events of 1911¬–14, and the wildlife and birdlife along the way is nothing short of spectacular, with emperor penguins, endangered New Zealand sea lions and many others on the agenda. Rich in stunning southern landscapes, Antarctic scenery and tales of triumph and discovery, In the Wake of Mawson is an expedition not to be missed by Antarctica lovers and intrepid travellers alike.


Start
Hobart, Australia
Finish
Invercargill, New Zealand
Destinations
Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Polar
Code
PPWMC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 13
Group size
Min 1, Max 48

Why you'll love this trip

  • This voyage is a real adventure. Travelling across the Southern Ocean in a small boat, as the great explorers did, is a thrill to say the least

  • Difficult to reach but well worth the effort, Mawson's Hut is one of those mythical places in the world. Douglas Mawson most definitely got there the hard way, hiking for 100 miles with minimal food. Fewer people have seen the huts than have conquered Mt Everest, and it’s a special thing to be among those lucky few

  • Keen birdwatchers will be delighted by the locations visited. As well as albatross, prion and petrel, there are many species of penguin to uncover, and the iconic emperor penguin may well reveal itself on the Antarctic coast

  • Zodiac excursions allow for up-close experiences with the landscapes and wildlife in both East Antarctica and the subantarctic islands south of New Zealand

  • Enjoy lectures on the relevant biology and history from expert Antarctica naturalists as the journey progresses; this context is an essential part of the journey that deepens and enrichens the experience

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although our ice-strengthened ship is sturdy and built for the conditions, Antarctic waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness on open water crossings. Be sure to prepare with appropriate medication; there is also a doctor on board for any further assistance needed.

  • Warm clothing, base layers, and a waterproof outer layer are all absolutely essential. A parka will be provided for your time on the Antarctic coast, but appropriate footwear and waterproofs are important for all landings. Read the Essential Trip Information for further information on what to bring.

  • Depending on the weather, there will be regular excursions in a Zodiac boat for exploring and wildlife-viewing. It can get wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and take care to keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy legs are required for wet and dry landings from the boat, as well as on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. There will also be times on board the ship when your stability will be tested. Pack your sea legs for this voyage.

  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure, and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area. We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. The onboard library and educational lectures are ideal ways for keeping entertained.

Itinerary

Welcome to Hobart, Tasmania. It’s well worth arriving a day or two early to explore, as this town is rich in colonial architecture, beautiful waterways and excellent gourmet cuisine, not to mention the world-renowned Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Your adventure begins with a private tour and reception at the local Mawson’s Huts replica. Acquaint yourself with fellow voyagers and some of the expedition crew ahead of embarkation tomorrow.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
As arrival transfers are not included, please make your way to the Hobart joining hotel (the details of which are listed in your final documents) to arrive by 6 pm.
The expedition team welcomes you aboard. First we set sail across Storm Bay, cruising past Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula en route to Macquarie Island.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
As we make our way through an area known as the roaring forties (a reference to the powerful westerly wind currents felt at latitudes between 40 and 50 degrees) there will be a series of video-supported lectures on the Subantarctic Islands and the Southern Ocean, a chance to learn some of the biology and history of the region. Birdwatchers can keep an eye out for the wandering albatross, royal albatross, black-browed albatross and light-mantled sooty albatross, as well as the fairy prion, fulmar prion and Antarctic prion.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (3)
  • Lunch (3)
  • Dinner (3)
Supporting one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the Southern Ocean, Macquarie Island plays host to millions of penguins across four different species: king, rockhopper, gentoo and the endemic royal. Sandy Bay and Buckles Bay are our focus, with a guided tour of the Australian Antarctic Division Base and possible sightings of southern elephant seals in slumber on the beaches.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
Steaming ever southward through the Southern Ocean, we sail on as petrels and albatrosses soar above. The captain manoeuvres the ship between drifting icebergs, and the first ice photography opportunities present themselves. At this juncture we enter the realm of 24-hour daylight, a special moment announced for celebration by the captain.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (3)
  • Lunch (3)
  • Dinner (3)
The first landing we make on the East Antarctic coastline will be (if the weather and ice conditions are on our side) at Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay. Adelie Penguins are sure to make their presence known, but the real stars of the show here are Mawson’s Huts and their environs. Thanks to The Mawson’s Huts Foundation and their conservation efforts, we can now enter the historic huts and connect directly to the story of the 1911–1914 expedition. As well as exploring the coast, we hope to land near a colony of Emperor penguins, as well as see first-hand the majestic glaciers, icebergs and rugged east Antarctica coastline.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (6)
  • Lunch (6)
  • Dinner (6)
As we depart from the stunning icescapes of Antarctica, settle into some quieter time at sea. It’s a chance to recover from the extensive Antarctic daylight hours and look back at some no doubt impressive moments documented through the lens. As Campbell Island draws nearer, absorb some background information in a series of lectures that prepare you for the next chapter.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (4)
  • Lunch (4)
  • Dinner (4)
There is ample time to explore Campbell Island, New Zealand’s southernmost subantarctic territory. Select from a number of optional activities that allow you you to explore the island.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
Next we arrive in Carnley Harbour, once the caldera of the Carnley volcano. A nice option here is to take the challenging scramble to witness a shy albatross – also known as a white-capped albatross or shy mollymawk.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Sandy Bay is one of three breeding areas in the Auckland Islands for the New Zealand sea lion, or Hooker’s sea lion (in Maori language it’s known as a whakahao). Of all sea lion families in the world, this species is among the most rare and most threatened.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The vastest island within The Snares, North East Island is believed to host more nesting seabirds than all of the British Isles put together. We arrive here early in the morning and set off by Zodiac for a cruise along the sheltered eastern side of the jagged coastline.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Touch down at the port of Bluff early in the morning. After a final breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to your fellow voyagers and board your coach transfer to either a central city point or the airport.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
A transfer is included from the port at Bluff to Invercargill airport or city centre.

Meals

25 breakfasts, 23 lunches, 24 dinners

Transport

Expedition cruise ship, zodiac

Accommodation

Expedition cruise ship 24 nights, hotel 1 night

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.

If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.

If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.

Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.

Your voyage is operated in conjunction with our partner company, Chimu Travel.

Essential trip information

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