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Discover Antarctic landmarks of significance right here in Christchurch!
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Explore Antarctic Sites of Importance

Make a day of it! Pack a picnic and explore the sites of Antarctic significance located around the city.


The port of Lyttelton has served as a jumping-off point for Antarctic exploration since 1901. These Antarctic connections can still be seen today in the town’s history and its current operations.

Highlights include:

  • St. Saviour’s Anglican Church – This church was attended by early Antarctic expedition crew members, including Robert Falcon Scott and his men. 
  • Sled dog statue – The bronze dog looking out to Quail Island, embodies the courage and comradeship shown by the early explorers and their dogs. 

Quail Island 

Explorers Scott and Shackleton’s dogs, ponies and mules were quarantined on the island. Black Cat Cruises sail to Quail Island over summer.


Akaroa’s favourite son, Frank Worsley, was the navigator aboard Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 – 1917 Endurance expedition. The Akaroa Museum commemorates his life of adventure, while local markers record his life in the picturesque town.

Photo credit: Sled dog, Lyttelton by Pam Carmichael for The Antarctic Office. Tent on ice and sea ice images supplied by Maddy Bellcroft © Antarctica New Zealand (2016)