But the islands south of New Zealand, deep in the sub-Antarctic zone, are even more brutal. Two land masses, known as The Traps and The Snares, got their names due to the dangers they presented to sailors. But an even bigger threat came from the Auckland Islands further south.
The Auckland Islands are bitterly cold and barren, featuring stunted trees and shrieking winds. They are also home to a plethora of bird life, and sea lions bask on their cold shores. And with near constant hail, sleet, snow and rain, along with the devastating winds that regularly rip into the island, it is deeply inhospitable for humans.