The Auckland Islands (Motu Maha or Maungahuka):
The largest of New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic Islands. Located 465 kilometres south of New Zealand, they have proved to be a perilous environment for wildlife and explorers alike. A number of shipwrecks have been documented in the islands since their discovery in 1806, the details of which are shrouded in mystery and disaster. Several colonization attempts have been made and artifacts recovered by archaeologists suggest that the islands were visited as early as the 13th century by Polynesian explorers. Today scientists who are drawn to the Island’s unique ecosystem intermittently inhabit a research station.