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Snares Islands

The Snares Islands are a group of small, rocky islands located in the southern part of New Zealand, approximately 100 kilometers south of the South Island. The archipelago consists of two main islands, North East Island and Broughton Island, as well as several smaller islets.

The Snares Islands are an important conservation area, and are home to a variety of seabirds and marine mammals. The islands are home to the world’s largest population of Snares Crested Penguins, as well as large colonies of Buller’s Shearwaters, Grey-faced Petrels, and New Zealand Fur Seals. The islands are also an important breeding ground for a variety of seabirds and sea lions.

The Snares Islands are also home to a number of historic sites, including the remains of an early Maori settlement and an old whaling station. The islands were first sighted by Europeans in 1791, and were first visited by the sealers in the early 1800s. The islands were declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1905, and are now protected by the New Zealand Department of Conservation.

The Snares Islands are also an important part of Maori culture, and the islands are home to a number of traditional Maori sites, including the remains of a pa (fortified village) and a number of stone carvings. The islands are also home to a number of traditional Maori stories and legends.

The Snares Islands are an important part of New Zealand’s natural and cultural heritage, and are an important part of the country’s identity. The islands are home to a variety of unique wildlife, and are an important part of New Zealand’s history and culture.

Excursion tips for a day in Snares Islands

As a tourist in the Snares Islands in New Zealand, there are a variety of activities you can enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the top activities you can do:

1. Go bird watching - The Snares Islands are home to a wide variety of seabirds, including the endemic Snares Crested Penguin and the Snares Island Tomtit.

2. Take a guided tour - You can join a guided tour to explore the islands’ unique flora and fauna and learn about the history of the islands.

3. Visit the Snares Island Marine Reserve - The Snares Island Marine Reserve is home to a variety of marine life, including dolphins, seals, and whales.

4. Enjoy a picnic - Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a relaxing day in the sun.

5. Go fishing - The Snares Islands are home to a variety of fish, including snapper, trevally, and kingfish.

6. Take a boat cruise - Take a boat cruise to explore the islands and get a closer look at the wildlife.

7. Go beachcombing - Explore the shoreline and search for shells, driftwood, and other beach treasures.

8. Go kayaking - Get up close and personal with the islands’ wildlife by kayaking around the islands.

9. Visit the Snares Island Lighthouse - Climb to the top of the Snares Island Lighthouse and take in the beautiful views.

10. Go camping - Spend the night under the stars and enjoy the peace and quiet of the islands.

Experience Snares 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 Snares 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 Snares Islands

The Snares Islands in New Zealand experience a temperate maritime climate throughout the year, with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. Summers are mild, with average temperatures between 10-17°C and the occasional hot day reaching up to 25°C. Winters are cool, with average temperatures between 5-12°C and the occasional cold day dropping to 0°C. Rainfall is moderate throughout the year, with the wettest months being July and August. The islands are often shrouded in fog, with the most frequent foggy days occurring during the winter months.

Cruise weather for Snares Islands

Our weather forecast for Snares 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. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 12.1 °C
min: 11.2 °C
49.3 m/s
69.8 m/s
98.7 %
20.8 m
90.1 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 12.3 °C
min: 11.3 °C
58.0 m/s
78.8 m/s
77.8 %
24.1 m
90.1 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 12.7 °C
min: 11.4 °C
57.6 m/s
77.8 m/s
96.4 %
22.3 m
88.5 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 11.6 °C
min: 9.4 °C
45.0 m/s
58.3 m/s
71.9 %
24.1 m
80.1 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 11.1 °C
min: 8.4 °C
41.8 m/s
53.3 m/s
60.6 %
22.7 m
75.6 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 9.2 °C
min: 6.6 °C
44.3 m/s
47.2 m/s
90.4 %
20.0 m
57.5 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 6.7 °C
min: 6.4 °C
42.5 m/s
40.7 m/s
87.6 %
23.4 m
54.1 %
1,027 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 7.5 °C
min: 6.7 °C
36.4 m/s
38.5 m/s
95.9 %
23.3 m
59.4 %
1,033 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 8.4 °C
min: 7.6 °C
42.1 m/s
44.3 m/s
99.7 %
22.6 m
70.2 %
1,031 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 7.7 °C
min: 6.9 °C
39.6 m/s
40.7 m/s
70.8 %
24.1 m
68.1 %
1,032 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 9.8 °C
min: 7.1 °C
16.6 m/s
16.2 m/s
93.0 %
24.1 m
72.0 %
1,030 hPa
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: 10.8 °C
min: 9.5 °C
37.8 m/s
42.1 m/s
78.9 %
20.2 m
76.7 %
1,024 hPa
Aug. 5th 2024 Aug. 5th 2024 max: 10.8 °C
min: 9.7 °C
60.5 m/s
70.9 m/s
97.3 %
20.8 m
80.5 %
1,013 hPa
Aug. 6th 2024 Aug. 6th 2024 max: 11.0 °C
min: 7.7 °C
92.6 m/s
123.8 m/s
98.6 %
16.4 m
82.2 %
1,004 hPa

Cruises to Snares Islands

Would you like to travel to Snares 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 Snares Islands.

Scheduled ship calls in Snares Islands, New Zealand
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Dec. 7th 2024 Saturday, 7th of Dec. 2024 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 21st 2024 Saturday, 21st of Dec. 2024 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 14th 2025 Friday, 14th of Feb. 2025 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 8th 2025 Saturday, 8th of Mar. 2025 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 2nd 2026 Friday, 2nd of Jan. 2026 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 16th 2026 Friday, 16th of Jan. 2026 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 14th 2026 Saturday, 14th of Feb. 2026 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am

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