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The Enderby spirit in the Ross Sea pushes the boundaries of New Zealand’s backyard. Photo / Provided, Heritage Expedition

For adventurers and nature lovers, this can be a dream summer job. A New Zealand cruise company is looking for an outdoor expedition leader to join them on a special Kiwi journey on the most distant Sub-Antarctic islands.

After being granted permission to sail New Zealand’s sole season, cruise company Heritage Expeditions is looking for crew and guides to join them from Fiordland to the Auckland Islands this summer.

“We are looking for extraordinary individuals who have a passion for New Zealand, its wildlife and its story,” said commercial director and expedition leader Aaron Russ.
Applicants will need a sense of adventure and be able to balance multiple responsibilities on Spirit of Enderby’s 50-passenger icebreaker.

“The oceans can be very temperamental – you have to be able to think, and stay on your feet,” explains Aaron. But for those who can afford it, this could be your ticket to one of the most interesting and difficult to reach places on the planet: Antarctica.

Enderby will set sail with a week-long itinerary around Stewart Island and a 13-day trip to the Subantarctic Islands before embarking on a guest expedition to New Zealand’s claim to Antarctica at the Ross Dependency.

Kiwi lovers and hikers can take the opportunity to visit Antarctica.  Photo / Provided, K Ovsyanikova
Kiwi lovers and hikers can take the opportunity to visit Antarctica. Photo / Provided, K Ovsyanikova

The company says knowledge of the area’s history, flora and fauna would be a plus, but it would be suitable for anyone in research, hospitality or adventure travel who is looking for a challenge.

“We are looking for extraordinary individuals who have a passion for New Zealand, its wildlife and its story,” said Aaron.

“New Zealanders are renowned for providing the next level of service with a smile when under pressure, and this is an excellent opportunity to tap into some of the local talent who may be looking for an exciting career change.”

For more information or to submit an application, the company can be contacted via [email protected]

Last month the ship, Spirit of Enderby also known as Professor Khromov was granted entry to New Zealand. The ice-fortified research vessel and its Russian crew were trapped outside New Zealand waters by the country’s cruise ship ban until it was granted special exemptions for the Kiwi-only season in the Southern Ocean.

Now considering the trip, Aaron says this southern itinerary will appeal to Kiwis who have “their wings cut by Covid”, want to “mark a wish list adventure and explore the farthest reaches of our amazing backyard.”

For more New Zealand travel ideas and inspiration, visit newzealand.com

This story was first published in the New Zealand Herald Travel on October 9

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Kiwi cruise companies are looking for adventure guides for Antarctic trips | Instant News


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Kiwi lovers and hikers alike can take this opportunity to visit Antarctica. Photo / Provided, K Ovsyanikova

For adventurers and nature lovers, this can be a dream summer job. A New Zealand cruise company is looking for an outdoor expedition leader to join them on a special Kiwi journey on the most distant Sub-Antarctic islands.

After being granted permission to sail New Zealand’s sole season, cruise company Heritage Expeditions is looking for crew and guides to join them from Fiordland to the Auckland Islands this summer.

“We are looking for extraordinary individuals who have a passion for New Zealand, its wildlife and its stories,” said commercial director and expedition leader Aaron Russ.
Applicants will need a sense of adventure and be able to balance multiple responsibilities on Spirit of Enderby’s 50-passenger icebreaker.

“The oceans can be very temperamental – you have to be able to think, and stay on your feet,” explains Aaron. But for those who can afford it, this could be your ticket to one of the most interesting and difficult to reach places on the planet: Antarctica.

Enderby will set sail with a week-long itinerary around Stewart Island and a 13-day trip to the Subantarctic Islands before embarking on a guest expedition to New Zealand’s claim to Antarctica at the Ross Dependency.

Spirit of Enderby has been granted special permission for the New Zealand Antarctic season.  Photo / Awarded, T Bickford
Spirit of Enderby has been granted special permission for the New Zealand Antarctic season. Photo / Awarded, T Bickford

The company says knowledge of the area’s history, flora and fauna would be a plus, but it would be suitable for anyone on research, hospitality or adventure travel who is looking for a challenge.

“We are looking for extraordinary individuals who have a passion for New Zealand, its wildlife and its story,” said Aaron.

“New Zealanders are renowned for providing the next level of service with a smile when under pressure, and this is an excellent opportunity to tap into some of the local talent who may be looking for an exciting career change.”

For more information or to submit an application, the company can be contacted via [email protected]

Last month the Spirit of Enderby also known as Professor Khromov was granted entry to New Zealand. The ice-fortified research ship and its Russian crew were trapped outside New Zealand waters by the country’s shipping ban until it was granted a special exemption for the Kiwi-only season to the Southern Ocean.

Now considering the trip, Aaron says this southern itinerary will appeal to Kiwis who have “their wings cut by Covid”, want to “mark that wish list adventure and explore the furthest reaches of our amazing backyard.”

After a 14-day quarantine period, 22 Russian crew members have started their 29-day voyage to Bluff.

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Cruising returns to New Zealand as the Antarctic ship sails for the Kiwi special season | Instant News


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Prof. Khromov / Spirit of Enderby on New Zealand’s Antarctic dependence. Photo / Provided, Sherry Ott

Marine expedition ship Spirit of Enderby has been granted entry to New Zealand waters ahead of summer. This will allow cruise ship operators Kiwi Heritage Expeditions to continue domestic cruises, opening up exotic parts of the country such as New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands to tourists.

“This decision has allowed us to continue doing what we love,” said commercial director Aaron Russ. “Share New Zealand’s farthest reaches of spectacular backyards with curious Kiwis.”

The 50-passenger ship with an ice capacity has been quarantined near Finland, along with its Russian crew. The former research vessel, also known by the Russian name Professor Khromov – has been in limbo since the end of the northern season and New Zealand’s cruise ban.

“For the voyage we have undertaken, no New Zealand ships are capable,” Aaron told the Herald, so this is good news.

On Friday, Ross told the New Zealand Yachting Association that the ship had received permit and exemption requirements, including those from the Ministry of Health, and Spirit of Enderby could begin sailing south.

New Zealand Shores: New Zealand Harrow Sea Lions on the Sub-Antarctic Island of Auckland.  Photo / Provided
New Zealand Shores: New Zealand Harrow Sea Lions on the Sub-Antarctic Island of Auckland. Photo / Provided

All going according to plan, the ship will carry its first passengers to sail to Fiordland and Antarctica claims from November 24, according to a TRAVELinc memo. The company said it would carry Kiwi passengers as far as Antarctica for January.

Aaron said the proposal to the New Zealand government was based on “Kiwi-only seasons in New Zealand waters including the Ross Sea Dependency – New Zealand’s claim to Antarctica.”

“It is great to see that the government has given permission to start domestic shipping, something the New Zealand Yachting Association has been pushing for months,” said Kevin O’Sullivan, NZCA Chief Executive Officer.

Heritage Expeditions, operated by Aaron and his brother Nathan, were founded when their parents left New Zealand Wildlife Service.

Co-owner of Heritage Expeditions, Aaron Russ, in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand.  Photo / Derek Morrison, Given
Co-owner of Heritage Expeditions, Aaron Russ, in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand. Photo / Derek Morrison, Given

“We are proudly owned and operated by New Zealand and we have been operating in the Southern seas for over 30 years,” said Aaron.

Now considering the trip, Aaron says this southern itinerary will appeal to Kiwis who have “their wings cut by Covid”, want to “mark that wish list adventure and explore the furthest reaches of our amazing backyard.”

After a 14-day quarantine period, 22 Russian crew members will now begin their 29-day voyage to Bluff.

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