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Explore the Antarctic from the Southern Tip of New Zealand

  • Written by Yvonne Kong

Calling all wanderlusts… Take advantage of this biennial expedition cruise from New Zealand, and follow the footsteps of the early explorers with polar destination specialist Eclipse Travel. It's time to take to the waters of the world's final frozen frontier from just around the corner!

Departing from Port of Bluff, experience the unique beauty of New Zealand's sub-Antarctic floral and fauna in Campbell Island. Venture into the infamous Ross and Amundsen Seas where you can rub shoulders with Adelie penguins, killer whales, Crabeater seals, Ross seals, and numerous amazing seabirds and wildlife. Get your camera ready as you are going to helicopter onto the floating Ross Ice Shelf, and set foot on the rarely visited volcanic Peter I Island before crossing the Antarctic Circle.

Eclipse Travel is an Australia and New Zealand owned destination specialist with a Christchurch branch. The company specialises in key adventure destinations such as Antarctica, the Arctic, Africa and Latin America. Together with over 15 years combined travel agency experience under their belts, Directors and Co-Founders Matt McMillan and Tim Farquhar understand how to tailor an awesome off-the-beaten-path South Pole adventure for Australia and New Zealand travellers.

“Polar adventures are on the rise in the past few years, and we are very excited to present our customers with this semi circumnavigation of Antarctica that only occurs every second year,” said McMillan and Farquhar, “From New Zealand to Argentina, travellers can truly follow the footsteps of the early explorers and discover every single façade of the South Pole.”

For a limited time only, Eclipse Travel is offering a massive saving of up to AU$13,865/NZ$15,165* per person on this exclusive Antarctic adventure. The next trip will not be held until 2019.

Ultimate Antarctica Discovery (includes helicopters): Ortelius
32-day extensive Antarctica cruise with NZ departure, only occurs every second year
From only AU$26,950/NZ$28,250* per person quad share or AU$30,390/NZ$31,750* per person twin share, with all meals included
Save up to AU$13,865/NZ$15,165* per person 

Meet your fellow Antarctic expeditioners at New Zealand's southernmost city of Invercargill and board your cruise in Port of Bluff before encountering postcard-like scenery in Campbell Island, the Ross Sea and Amundsen Sea regions, Fish Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula. The cruise will disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina.

Conquer Antarctica from just around the corner from only AU$26,950/NZ$28,250* per person quad share. Price includes voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary, 31 nights of accommodation aboard Ortelius with all meals included, all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac, lectures by noted naturalists, leadership by experienced staff, free use of rubber boots, all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges, and comprehensive pre-departure material.

Offer available from now to 31 Oct 2016 unless sold out prior. Valid for travel on 15 Feb 2017. *Terms and conditions apply.

AU – Phone: 1300 575 752 or visit
NZ – Phone: 0800 144 874 or visit

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