Cruises from Snares Islands
The Snares (named as shipping hazards) lie 100 km SW of New Zealand’s southernmost point on Stewart Island. The Snares Islands consist of the main North East Island, smaller Broughton Island, and a number of rocky stacks. The group is volcanic in origin, has a total land area of just two sq.km., and their highest point is 130m. North East Island is bounded by steep coastal cliffs.
The east coast is relatively flat and sloping, and provides the only easy access-point for landing. The climate is cool, windy and wet. These islands were largely unaffected by whalers and sealers in the 19th C.