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Cruises visiting Bounty Islands & all Bounty Islands cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Bounty Islands in the 2019-2021 seasons.

Future sailings will be shown here as they become available, and alternative ports in the region can be viewed at New Zealand Cruises. Please contact one of our cruise specialists today on 1800 121 187 if you require further assistance.

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The Bounty Islands, discovered and named by Captain William Bligh of the British naval ship "Bounty" in 1788 just before the famous mutiny, are territorially part of New Zealand, and lie in the Pacific Ocean 650 km SE of its South Island. There are 13 uninhabited granite islets and numerous slippery rocks. They are 215 km north of the Antipodes Islands. Part of the Antipodes sub-Antarctic Islands, they are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. During the 19th C the islands were popular with fur sealers, and seemed to attract errant sailing ships to flounder on their shores.

The largest of the islands is barely 800 m across, and their total area is just 135 ha (330 acres). The highest point is 88 m. They have no safe anchorage or easy landing sites. The islands have virtually no soil or vegetation as they are frequently washed clean by rain and spray from the often huge waves that crash into them. The Bounty Islands manage to live up to their name during the summer breeding season, by hosting thousands of seabirds, including the world’s rarest cormorant, the Bounty Island shag. Other birds include a variety of albatrosses, and erect-crested penguins.

After being hunted to near extinction, fur seals have started to make a comeback. Visiting these islands, with visitor numbers carefully controlled, is truly a rare privilege, as a great deal is done to ensure that the unique ecology remains unchanged. Interestingly, from 1868 the New Zealand government established a string of castaway depots on its subantarctic islands, and in 1891 one was erected the Bounty Islands. Signposts across the islands directed castaways to the huts. Steamers visited each island every six months checking for shipwreck survivors and maintained the huts and provisions.