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Wonders of Campbell Island

Landscape, Campbell Island with Jacquemart Island in the background
Landscape, Campbell Island with Jacquemart Island in the background / Lawrie Mead & T. Nicklin, Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.

WorldBlue  Highlights

Campbell Islands are a group of islands 640 km from the South Island, New Zealand.

This is one of two New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands available to tourists – other is Enderby Island in Auckland Islands, tourists can visit also Macquarie Island (Australia) in this region. Some 600 tourists are allowed to visit Campbell Islands every year.

All sub-Antarctic islands offer dramatic scenery: incredibly tall cliffs, rough seas, countless flowers, and birds. Campbell Island is not an exception – it has this all with an overplus. Island represents a remnant of ancient volcano with impressive submerged valleys similar to fjords.

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WorldViolet Top 5 wonders of Campbell Island

Geological wonders

Cliffs in the southern and western side of Campbell Island

More than 300 m tall cliffs.

Falls of Penguin Stream

Impressive fall over vertical seaside cliff. Nearly permanent western winds catch up this fall and water goes upwards. Falls end up in the middle of penguin colony at the sea.

Basalt columns in Perserverance Harbour

Beautiful formations of basalt columns.

Biological wonders

Megaherb meadows of Campbell Islands

One of the most impressive natural meadows in the world, covered with millions of Ross lilies (Bulbinella rossii), Campbell Island Daisies (Pleurophyllum speciosum), and Campbell Island Carrots (Anisotome latifolia). Here even grow some orchids.

Megaherb meadow in Campbell Island
Ranfurly’s tree

This Sitka spruce was planted here in 1901 or 1902. This is considered to be the loneliest tree in the world – with some allowance because other trees here are up to 5 m tall. This tree is some 6 m tall.

WorldYellow Recommended books

Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will


The Atlas of Remote Islands, Judith Schalansky’s beautiful and deeply personal account of the islands that have held a place in her heart throughout her lifelong love of cartography, has captured the imaginations of readers everywhere. Using historic events and scientific reports as a springboard, she creates a story around each island: fantastical, inscrutable stories, mixtures of fact, and imagination that produce worlds for the reader to explore.


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