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Although it’s a longer journey for Brits (and a more expensive option) Australia and New Zealand both act as cruise gateways to visit the incredible sights of East Antarctica. Here you will board your vessel and travel directly to one of this planets 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, stopping frequently to visit remote islands such as Macquarie Island, Snares, Auckland and Campbell.

What’s 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 own Antarctic Ice man of the heroic age of exploration, Douglas Mawson, and continue to be studied by modern scientists today, many conservation projects have been undertaken here and, as such, some islands became the world leaders in their initiatives.   Reaching the continent of East Antarctica after a week of exploration is a sight to behold, huge ice shelves, vast seas and ice bergs greet 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. Steeped in history, The Ross Sea is where British explorers Scott and Shackleton battled the Norwegian, Roald Amundsen and gained fame with their expeditions to be the first to reach the South Pole. This part of Antarctica is also home to the Britain’s historic huts from this period such as Scott’s Hut (Scott), Discovery Hut (Scott) and Cape Royds (Shackleton).

Getting there: If travelling from New Zealand first fly to Auckland or Wellington and then connect domestically to Invercargill. If flying to Australia first travel to Perth, Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne and then connect domestically to Hobart.

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.

If you’re interested in Antarctica cruises out of South America, please visit our main Antarctica Cruise page 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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Although it’s a longer journey for Brits (and a more expensive option) Australia and New Zealand both act as cruise gateways to visit the incredible sights of East Antarctica. Here you will board your vessel and travel directly to one of this planets 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, stopping frequently to visit remote islands such as Macquarie Island, Snares, Auckland and Campbell.

What’s 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 own Antarctic Ice man of the heroic age of exploration, Douglas Mawson, and continue to be studied by modern scientists today, many conservation projects have been undertaken here and, as such, some islands became the world leaders in their initiatives.   Reaching the continent of East Antarctica after a week of exploration is a sight to behold, huge ice shelves, vast seas and ice bergs greet 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. Steeped in history, The Ross Sea is where British explorers Scott and Shackleton battled the Norwegian, Roald Amundsen and gained fame with their expeditions to be the first to reach the South Pole. This part of Antarctica is also home to the Britain’s historic huts from this period such as Scott’s Hut (Scott), Discovery Hut (Scott) and Cape Royds (Shackleton).

Getting there: If travelling from New Zealand first fly to Auckland or Wellington and then connect domestically to Invercargill. If flying to Australia first travel to Perth, Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne and then connect domestically to Hobart.

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.

If you’re interested in Antarctica cruises out of South America, please visit our main Antarctica Cruise page 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

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.

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