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NOTE: We're thrilled to advise that many Antarctica operators are offering flexible deposit and cancellation options for bookings made after March 13, 2020 for a limited time.  Airlines are offering the same!!  Add to that insurance companies are offering cancel for any reason policies! So whilst the next trip to Antarctica is not until November this year and polar cruise itineraries are bookable right up to March 2022,  right now could well be the best time to book your journey and take advantage of these flexible offers.  

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While departing your Antarctica cruise from South America is the more affordable option,
Australia and New Zealand both act as lesser-known cruise gateways to visit the incredible sights of East Antarctica. Here you will board your vessel and travel directly to one of the earth’s most remote and incredible locations.

Where: Hobart in Australia and Invercargill in New Zealand both host Antarctic cruise vessels heading south for the summer. A round trip cruise to this part of the world will take about 21 days all up, including 7 days crossing to Antarctica, frequently stopping to visit remote islands such as Macquarie, Snares, Auckland and Campbell.

What is it like: The cruise to East Antarctica alone is an extraordinary journey in itself. Visiting remote islands along the way offers the traveller an incredible opportunity to witness unique wildlife, history and geology. These islands were frequented and studied by Australia’s Antarctic Iceman of the heroic age of exploration, Douglas Mawson, and continue to be examined by modern scientists today. Reaching the continent of East Antarctica after a week of exploration is a sight to behold with large ice shelves, vast seas and icebergs greeting travellers like a giant spectacle, a reward for taking the time to get there. Here you have the best chance of seeing the famed Emperor penguin, and it is also the base for some of Antarctica’s most incredible historic moments. If weather conditions allow, it is also the place to be to visit Douglas Mawson’s huts and indulge in Australia’s first true link to Antarctica.

Getting there: Using your local airlines in Australia should offer great connections through to both Hobart or Invercargill where you will meet the vessel for your Antarctic cruise adventure.

More information: there are fewer options to visit East Antarctica than there is on the Peninsula, but they are all incredible journeys. Click below to browse our favourite journeys.

Want to travel to Antarctica first flying from Australia/New Zealand then cruising from South America?

Where: Argentina’s Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the world, is the primary gateway for Antarctica cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula as well as the sub-Antarctic islands such as South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. It is also possible to depart your Antarctica cruise from Chile’s Punta Arenas – this is where our Fly/Cruise options depart from, for those passengers who want to skip the crossing of the Drake Passage.

What is it like: The Antarctic Peninsula is the most popular and most frequently visited region of Antarctica and perfect for first-time visitors. It offers the ideal introduction to Antarctica, its incredible wildlife, glacier landscapes and history. Getting there: QANTAS, LATAM and Air New Zealand fly from the east coast of Australia to Santiago and Buenos Aires where connections can be made through to Ushuaia or Punta Arenas. Leaving from Perth, you may want to consider an Emirates flight to Buenos Aires, which can both save time and money. If you’re interested in Antarctica cruises out of South America, please visit our main Antarctica Cruise page here.

For the best rates for Australians travelling to Antarctica: click here

Still wondering? Contact us for a chat, we know it’s a big decision to visit the world’s last frontier, we’d rather talk you through the options, so don’t be shy, there are no obligations. 

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NOTE: We're thrilled to advise that many Antarctica operators are offering flexible deposit and cancellation options for bookings made after March 13, 2020 for a limited time.  Airlines are offering the same!!  Add to that insurance companies are offering cancel for any reason policies! So whilst the next trip to Antarctica is not until November this year and polar cruise itineraries are bookable right up to March 2022,  right now could well be the best time to book your journey and take advantage of these flexible offers.  

CONTACT US  for more detailed information

While departing your Antarctica cruise from South America is the more affordable option,
Australia and New Zealand both act as lesser-known cruise gateways to visit the incredible sights of East Antarctica. Here you will board your vessel and travel directly to one of the earth’s most remote and incredible locations.

Where: Hobart in Australia and Invercargill in New Zealand both host Antarctic cruise vessels heading south for the summer. A round trip cruise to this part of the world will take about 21 days all up, including 7 days crossing to Antarctica, frequently stopping to visit remote islands such as Macquarie, Snares, Auckland and Campbell.

What is it like: The cruise to East Antarctica alone is an extraordinary journey in itself. Visiting remote islands along the way offers the traveller an incredible opportunity to witness unique wildlife, history and geology. These islands were frequented and studied by Australia’s Antarctic Iceman of the heroic age of exploration, Douglas Mawson, and continue to be examined by modern scientists today. Reaching the continent of East Antarctica after a week of exploration is a sight to behold with large ice shelves, vast seas and icebergs greeting travellers like a giant spectacle, a reward for taking the time to get there. Here you have the best chance of seeing the famed Emperor penguin, and it is also the base for some of Antarctica’s most incredible historic moments. If weather conditions allow, it is also the place to be to visit Douglas Mawson’s huts and indulge in Australia’s first true link to Antarctica.

Getting there: Using your local airlines in Australia should offer great connections through to both Hobart or Invercargill where you will meet the vessel for your Antarctic cruise adventure.

More information: there are fewer options to visit East Antarctica than there is on the Peninsula, but they are all incredible journeys. Click below to browse our favourite journeys.

Want to travel to Antarctica first flying from Australia/New Zealand then cruising from South America?

Where: Argentina’s Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the world, is the primary gateway for Antarctica cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula as well as the sub-Antarctic islands such as South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. It is also possible to depart your Antarctica cruise from Chile’s Punta Arenas – this is where our Fly/Cruise options depart from, for those passengers who want to skip the crossing of the Drake Passage.

What is it like: The Antarctic Peninsula is the most popular and most frequently visited region of Antarctica and perfect for first-time visitors. It offers the ideal introduction to Antarctica, its incredible wildlife, glacier landscapes and history. Getting there: QANTAS, LATAM and Air New Zealand fly from the east coast of Australia to Santiago and Buenos Aires where connections can be made through to Ushuaia or Punta Arenas. Leaving from Perth, you may want to consider an Emirates flight to Buenos Aires, which can both save time and money. If you’re interested in Antarctica cruises out of South America, please visit our main Antarctica Cruise page here.

For the best rates for Australians travelling to Antarctica: click here

Still wondering? Contact us for a chat, we know it’s a big decision to visit the world’s last frontier, we’d rather talk you through the options, so don’t be shy, there are no obligations. 

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WHY TRAVEL WITH CHIMU ADVENTURES

  • We are true Polar specialists. Almost every Chimu team member has travelled to either Antarctica or the Arctic and collectively we have experienced over 50 expeditions.

  • You can choose from over 130 cruises to Antarctica and the Arctic,including itineraries aboard our own charter vessels.

  • We have inspected and continue to thoroughly research each individual vessel we work with, selecting only those with environmental, safety and value credentials.

  • We know all things Polar by heart and will work with you to determine which ship and itinerary is best suited to your needs.

  • Travellers visit the Polar regions for different reasons so whether your interests are wildlife or photography, or Antarctic activities such as snowshoeing and kayaking, we can work around you for the perfect trip.

  • From your initial enquiry until your trip ends, you will be assigned a personal Destination Specialist who will offer a full service for your travel needs: we can book flights, insurance and any ancillary travel required to complete your journey.

FEATURED Antarctica Cruises from Australia and New Zealand TRIPS & DEALS

15 Days

Le Bellot - Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition

New Zealand

Ship: Le Bellot

33 Days

Ortelius - Ross Sea, incl. helicopters

East Antarctica, Ross Sea

Ship: Ortelius

15 Days

Le Bellot - Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition

New Zealand

Ship: Le Bellot

Antarctica : CRUISE DIRECT from Australia and New Zealand

30 Days

In the wake of Scott and Shackleton

East Antarctica

SHIP: Spirit of Enderby

23 Days

Antarctica & Ross Sea Expedition end in Hobart

East Antarctica

SHIP: Crystal Endeavor

25 Days

Akademik Shokalsky - In The Wake of Mawson

East Antarctica

SHIP: Akademik Shokalskiy

30 Days

Akademik Shokalskiy: In the wake of Scott & Shackleton

East Antarctica, Macquarie Island, Ross Sea

SHIP: Akademik Shokalskiy

23 Days

Antarctica & Ross Sea Expedition

East Antarctica, Ross Sea

SHIP: Crystal Endeavor

33 Days

Ortelius - Ross Sea, incl. helicopters

East Antarctica, Ross Sea

SHIP: Ortelius

BLOGS ON Antarctica Cruises from Australia and New Zealand

Whether you are looking for advice on when to travel to Antarctica or the Arctic, which ship to travel on or which itinerary will suit you best, Chimu blogs are likely to have it covered. The range of topics is vast, with new and fascinating blogs being added regularly. There is ship information, guides about the activities you can do in the Polar regions, what to pack and what not to pack, and even blogs on various Polar explorers!

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Antarctica Cruises from Australia and New Zealand REVIEWS

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

Antarctica Cruises from Australia and New Zealand

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trip of a life time Antartica Our trip fantastic. Eight out of eight landings!! Organised landings perfectly done. So many photo shots everywhere.
Date published: 2020-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Four splended days in Antarctica with Chimu. The Weather man gave us the best! The Chimu Crew gave us their best! The "Ocean Atlantic" Crew gave us their best! 8 Landings and 8 Zodiac cruises. My nearly 5000 photos need to wait for attention, as I need to recover from severe cold I caught in Ushuaia, going home.
Date published: 2020-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Trip The destination was perfect and perfectly timed. We had great weather and saw so much wildlife
Date published: 2020-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most incredible adventure! I cannot fault Chimu and their Antarctica adventures at all. It was so surreal being apart of this expedition cruise (I did the 11 day classic Antarctica trip to the Peninsula), and they level of knowledge and service from each area of the team before and during the travel is excellent. Any extra little bit of information you wanted to know, the questions were always answered, always a smile and a laugh, amazing food, and all the penguin encounters. Loved every second.
Date published: 2020-03-09
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A high level of fitness is not necessary for cruises to Antarctica from Australia and New Zealand, but you need to be in good health as although there is generally a doctor on board the ships, you are a long way from any other medical assistance. The majority of activities are focused around shore excursions and zodiac cruising and so you need to be agile and able-bodied enough to climb into and out of the inflatable zodiacs from both the ship and the shore. On shore landings you may need to negotiate uneven and slippery ground. Shore excursions generally involve some walking

All of our tours are 100% tried and tested to ensure that when you travel with us, you are doing so in a controlled and safe environment with trained experts. We consistently monitor weather conditions and will always provide you with the best possible adventure without risk of injury to you or the vessel. While some landings and activities may need to be rescheduled or cancelled due to weather, every effort is made to have a contingency plan should such conditions become a reality during your expedition. Chimu have been the experts in Antarctic travel for well over 10 years and use our vast experience and knowledge when picking the vessels we sell to provide you with an adventure that is unforgettable for all the right reasons.

A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Antarctica from Australia and New Zealand.

Cruises to Antarctica from Tasmania (Hobart) and to Antarctica from New Zealand (Invercargill or Bluff) can reach East Antarctica in 6 to 7 days, but most voyages break up the days at sea with visits to The Snares, Auckland Islands, Macquarie Island and Campbell Island.

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that you will be able to see Mawson’s Huts. The presence of two immense icebergs had blocked access to Commonwealth Bay for many years. In January 2016, Chimu Adventures operated the first commercial expedition to the site for 5 years, after the two icebergs finally shifted. Although access to Commonwealth Bay was possible, the huts could not be reached due to the ice floe. Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay where the timber huts are located, is known as the “home of the blizzard”, one of the windiest places on Earth, with frequent strong katabatic winds. Your chances of seeing Mawson’s Huts will always depend on the weather and ice conditions and the accessibility of Commonwealth Bay. If you are fortunate enough to gain access to the huts and see some of the relics of Mawson’s infamous 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, it will be an amazing experience that will give you an insight into the harsh conditions that these explorers were subjected to and endured.

Scott’s Hut is located on Ross Island, on the north shore of Cape Evans. Scott’s Discovery Expedition Hut is located at Hut Point on Ross Island, near to McMurdo Station, the US Antarctic Research Station and Base. Access to the huts is completely dependent on ice and weather conditions, and although every effort will be made to visit the huts, this cannot be guaranteed. In recent years the success rate of visiting Scott’s Hut has been high.