New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands - Profile
- The New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands consist of five island groups (the Snares, Bounty Islands, Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands and Campbell Island) in the Southern Ocean south-east of New Zealand.
- The islands, lying between the Antarctic and Subtropical Convergences and the seas, have a high level of biodiversity. They are particularly noted for the large numbers of seabirds and penguins that nest there. There are 126 bird species in total, of which five breed nowhere else in the world.
- All are now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This islands are uninhabited, though they are periodically visited by researchers and tourists.
- They are administered as Nature Reserves by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC). Tourism is permitted and various cruise ships visit the islands from New Zealand, but all visits are strictly controlled by the DOC.
- All indigenous flora and fauna is protected by legislation. Quarantine is strict to prevent the introduction of non-native pests; DOC officials may carry out checks at the ports of departure from New Zealand. No animals are permitted on board vessels visiting the islands.
- Visits with permits are possible on the following islands, at the landing points approved by the guide: Campbell Island (52°33'S 169°09'E), Auckland Islands (50°50'S 166°00'E).
- No tourists or sailors are allowed to visit the Bounty Islands (47°42'S 179°03'E), the Antipodes Islands (49°41'S 178°48'E) or Snares Islands (48°02'S 166°35'S).
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