Campbell Island: Zodiac Cruising in Perseverance Harbor
Shielded from wind and waves, we went on exploring the Perseverance Harbor (more accurately – a long fjord) by inflatable zodiacs in search of New Zealand sea lions. Campbell Island was discovered in 1810 and just within a year or so the entire seal population had been wiped out. Since becoming a protected preserve, and now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Island has recovered a lot in terms of birds and flora and seals. Cruising in various coves and inlets, we saw several large male sea lions, and a good variety of birds. And last but not least, Campbell Island is the site of the most remote tree in the world – a solitary Sitka spruce tree around a 100 years old, planted here around 1907, its 222km from the nearest next tree to the north.