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Balleny Islands

The Balleny Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located in the Southern Ocean off the coast of Antarctica. They are part of the Ross Dependency, an area of the Antarctic that is administered by New Zealand. The Balleny Islands are the northernmost group of the Antarctic Islands and are made up of two main islands, Young Island and Buckle Island, as well as several smaller islets.

The Balleny Islands are located at the northern end of the Ross Sea, about 300 kilometres (190 miles) north of the Scott Coast of Antarctica. They are also located about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) south of New Zealand's South Island. The islands are mostly covered in snow and ice and have a rugged, mountainous terrain.

The Balleny Islands have a long history of exploration and scientific research. In 1839, the British explorer James Clark Ross was the first European to sight the islands. He named them after his ship, the HMS Erebus, which was captained by William Balleny. In the early 1900s, the islands were used as a base for exploration of the Antarctic.

The Balleny Islands are also home to several species of seabirds and marine mammals, including Adelie penguins, southern elephant seals, and leopard seals. The islands are also a breeding ground for several species of whales, including humpback, minke, and blue whales.

The Balleny Islands are an important part of New Zealand's Antarctic heritage. They are protected as part of the Ross Sea Region Marine Protected Area, which was established in 2016. The MPA is the world's largest marine protected area and is designed to protect the unique and fragile environment of the Southern Ocean.

Excursion tips for a day in Balleny Islands

As a tourist visiting the Balleny Islands in New Zealand, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in a single day. Here are a few ideas:

1. Take a boat tour around the islands and admire the wildlife, including seals, penguins, and dolphins.

2. Go on a guided kayaking tour and explore the rugged coastline.

3. Visit the historic whaling station at Carnley Harbour.

4. Go birdwatching and look for the rare and endangered species native to the area.

5. Take a hike up Mount Carnley for stunning views of the islands.

6. Spend the day relaxing on the beaches and swimming in the clear waters.

7. Enjoy the local seafood in the nearby restaurants.

8. Visit the Balleny Islands Historic and Nature Reserve and learn about the area's history.

9. Take a tour of the nearby sea caves and explore the unique rock formations.

10. Go whale-watching and spot the whales that migrate to the area each year.

Experience Balleny Islands with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Balleny Islands. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Balleny Islands

The Balleny Islands in New Zealand have a cool and wet climate throughout the year. In the summer months, temperatures range from 10°C to 15°C, with high humidity and frequent showers. In the winter months, temperatures can drop to as low as 0°C, with snowfall occurring occasionally. The spring and autumn months are generally mild and wet, with temperatures ranging from 5°C to 12°C. The islands are often subject to strong winds, with westerly gales being common in the winter months.

Cruise weather for Balleny Islands

Our weather forecast for Balleny Islands helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 0.6 °C
min: -10 °C
32.4 m/s
54.0 m/s
89.3 %
13.1 m
93.2 %
994 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: -8.3 °C
min: -13.2 °C
47.9 m/s
83.5 m/s
100.0 %
0.8 m
89.4 %
997 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: -13.1 °C
min: -17.1 °C
37.8 m/s
59.0 m/s
100.0 %
1.6 m
86.6 %
1,004 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: -11.6 °C
min: -17.9 °C
45.0 m/s
71.6 m/s
100.0 %
1.3 m
87.3 %
997 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: -4.3 °C
min: -11.3 °C
35.6 m/s
56.5 m/s
98.2 %
1.5 m
92.8 %
987 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: -0.8 °C
min: -7.5 °C
43.9 m/s
73.1 m/s
99.9 %
9.9 m
91.6 %
986 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: -2.8 °C
min: -19.9 °C
23.4 m/s
37.8 m/s
93.2 %
3.3 m
90.4 %
998 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: -11.4 °C
min: -21.3 °C
31.0 m/s
49.7 m/s
99.9 %
3.2 m
84.7 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: -17.3 °C
min: -23.8 °C
16.6 m/s
29.2 m/s
100.0 %
2.2 m
83.4 %
998 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: -15.8 °C
min: -21.8 °C
32.8 m/s
47.5 m/s
95.0 %
7.0 m
83.7 %
999 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: -21.6 °C
min: -29.6 °C
21.2 m/s
37.8 m/s
92.5 %
2.6 m
77.5 %
1,009 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: -23.0 °C
min: -28.9 °C
21.6 m/s
38.5 m/s
100.0 %
3.8 m
78.4 %
1,013 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: -21.5 °C
min: -26.5 °C
16.9 m/s
28.1 m/s
90.1 %
4.2 m
79.1 %
1,010 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: -8.0 °C
min: -25.9 °C
16.6 m/s
33.5 m/s
83.6 %
7.2 m
84.4 %
1,005 hPa
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: -3.7 °C
min: -11 °C
26.3 m/s
44.3 m/s
100.0 %
5.8 m
94.1 %
1,005 hPa

Cruises to Balleny Islands

Would you like to travel to Balleny Islands on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Balleny Islands.

Scheduled ship calls in Balleny Islands, New Zealand
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Dec. 21st 2024 Saturday, 21st of Dec. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 22nd 2024 Sunday, 22nd of Dec. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 14th 2025 Tuesday, 14th of Jan. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 15th 2025 Wednesday, 15th of Jan. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 6th 2025 Thursday, 6th of Feb. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 7th 2025 Friday, 7th of Feb. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 21st 2025 Friday, 21st of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 19th 2025 Friday, 19th of Dec. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 20th 2025 Saturday, 20th of Dec. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 12th 2026 Monday, 12th of Jan. 2026 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 13th 2026 Tuesday, 13th of Jan. 2026 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 4th 2026 Wednesday, 4th of Feb. 2026 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 5th 2026 Thursday, 5th of Feb. 2026 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 7th 2026 Saturday, 7th of Feb. 2026 LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT 12:00 am 12:00 am

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