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M19682 was formed in 1985, as a way of increasing awareness and conservation of the natural world through responsible expedition travel. It’s founder Rodney Russ was a biologist working for the New Zealand Wildlife Service. Through his work on Kakapo, Black Robin and other endangered species he appreciated that rather than locking wilderness areas away, it was important to share them with people so that they might become “ambassadors” advocating and supporting conservation efforts. He has long held the view that conservation and responsible travel are partners that together can achieve what might otherwise be unachievable.

From those small beginnings the company, which is still family owned, operates its own Polar Research Vessel on expeditions to Antarctica, the Subantarctic, through the Pacific and the Russian Far East. Each expedition is meticulously planned and led ensuring that passengers (maximum of 50) maximize every opportunity they have to learn and experience as much as possible about the region, while at the same time minimizing the impact of their visit.

Today M19682 works from modern purpose built offices in Christchurch, New Zealand. Their staff bring an enormous wealth of experience and knowledge of the destinations they visit which you will benefit from when you book with this company.
Questions and Answers
We specialise in worldwide natural history small group expeditions for the discerning traveller.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

Our company was formed in 1985, as a way of increasing awareness and conservation of the natural world through responsible expedition travel. It’s founder Rodney Russ was a biologist working for the New Zealand Wildlife Service.

2. What is your company's mission?

To travel with us is to travel responsibly. As biologists and ornithologists, we are intimately aware of the many issues that confront animals and their habitats, the world's oceans and isolated ethnic groups. We also take action. We actively contribute to the conservation of the places we visit in several ways: we 'buy local' and employ locally; we make sure that travellers are respectful of local customs and traditions; and we dispose of waste responsibly.

3. What does your company specialize in?

Our knowledge and experience of the Subantarctic Islands, the Ross Sea and East Antarctica is unsurpassed. It enables us to make landings that other vessels would miss. We own permits to visit areas that no other operator has; an important consideration when planning your voyage. Our vessel, the Spirit of Enderby, is in a class of its own.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

Rodney Russ - is the founder. He worked for 12 years as a biologist for New Zealand Wildlife Service on the management of rare and endangered bird species. It was during this work that he came to appreciate the importance of advocacy as a conservation tool. As they say the rest is history - he chartered his own vessel, a Polar Research vessel from the Russian Far East, and advertised expeditions to the Subantarctic Islands and Antarctica. His company has continued to grow and is now a leader in worldwide expedition travel. Rodney can still be regularly found doing what he likes doing best, leading expeditions on the 'Spirit of Enderby'.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

We are an international travel company specialising in worldwide natural history expeditions to the Antarctic, Southwest Pacific and Russian far east.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

'It was a pleasure to be part of an expedition that was run in such a professional manner' After partaking in one of our Ross Seas Trips

Vacation Packages offered by supplier M19682

Russian Far East: Jewel of the Russian Far East
Enjoy vibrant autumn colours as we explore the remote Kamchatka coastline which until recently was 'off limits' to outsiders.

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USD 10300 / Per person
Tour Package
Wildlife Viewing
Boating and Sailing
Duration: 13 days
Season: September - September
Russia

Subantarctic Islands: Galapagos of the Southern Ocean
Experience the 'albatross latitudes' in the Subantarctic Islands. Sail to the Snares, Enderby, Auckland, Macquarie and Campbell Islands on this unique expedition.

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USD 9900 / Per person
Tour Package
Wildlife Viewing
Boating and Sailing
Duration: 13 days
Season: December - January
New Zealand

Subantarctic Islands: Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific
Visit the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands, recognized as one of the worlds great biodiversity hotspots and renowned for mega herb floral diversity.

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USD 6600 / Per person
Tour Package
Wildlife Viewing
Boating and Sailing
Duration: 8 days
Season: December - January
New Zealand

Antarctica Expedition: The Ross Sea
Come with us to explore the Subantarctic Islands and the Ross Sea region of Antarctica which is only accessible for two months each year. This is the frozen continent's historic gateway.

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USD 30200 / Per person
Tour Package
Antarctic Expedition
Wildlife Viewing
Duration: 30 days
Season: January - March
Antarctica

Antarctica Expedition: In the Footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson
Antarctic voyage to the historic Commonwealth Bay region, site of Sir Douglas Mawson's historic expedition.

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USD 22000 / Per person
Tour Package
Antarctic Expedition
Wildlife Viewing
Duration: 27 days
Season: January - December
Antarctica

Russian Far East: Russia's Ring of Fire
This expedition explores the birdlife rich Kuril Islands, the Commander Islands and the Kamchatka Peninsula. Spring is the ideal season to visit this fascinating region.

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USD 11000 / Per person
Tour Package
Birdwatching
Boating and Sailing
Duration: 13 days
Season: May - June
Russia

Russian Far East: Across the Top of the World
We depart Nome in Alaska and fly across the Bering Strait to join our expedition ship in Anadyr, Chukotka in Russia, where we will discover a land and a people that time has forgotten. Come with us!

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USD 13800 / Per person
Tour Package
Wildlife Viewing
Boating and Sailing
Duration: 15 - 16 days
Season: August - September
Alaska
Russia

Russian Far East: Siberia's Forgotten Coast
Searching for one bird in particular, the extremely rare and endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper which number only 250 breeding pairs and declining.

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USD 11900 / Per person
Tour Package
Birdwatching
Boating and Sailing
Duration: 14 days
Season: June - July
Russia

Subantarctic Islands: Birding Downunder
New Zealand's regions explored on this expedition host the most diverse collection of seabirds in the world. We will spend time ashore and cruising by Zodiac and see the many island endemics.

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USD 15750 / Per person
Tour Package
Birdwatching
Boating and Sailing
Duration: 19 days
Season: November - December
New Zealand

Russian Far East: Sea of Okhotsk
See unique wildlife in a remote often ice locked and harsh region with a harrowing history. Sea Kayaking available.

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USD 10300 / Per person
Tour Package
Boating and Sailing
Wildlife Viewing
Duration: 12 days
Season: June - July
Russia

Papua New Guinea Explorer
Explore exotic cultures and fascinating wildlife on the rarely visited and little known islands of Papua New Guinea.

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USD 10600 / Per person
Tour Package
Ecotourism
Boating and Sailing
Duration: 13 days
Season: April - May
Papua New Guinea

Melanesia Discoverer
Uncover the hidden gems of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands on this 14 day voyage of discovery.

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USD 11500 / Per person
Tour Package
Boating and Sailing
Cultural Journey
Duration: 14 days
Season: October - October
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Island

Secrets of Melanesia
Discover isolated islands and remote communities as we sail the tourquise waters of Melanesia.

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USD 9995 / Per person
Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Ecotourism
Duration: 5 - 14 days
Season: October - November
Solomon Island
Vanuatu
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