Ōtautahi Christchurch is proud to be an Antarctic Gateway City, one of only five in the world.
The role of the Christchurch Antarctic Office is to co-ordinate the opportunities presented by Christchurch’s Antarctic Gateway status and to explore our historic and modern connections with the icy continent.
As Sir Edmund Hillary noted, “much of the history of Antarctic exploration has flowed through Christchurch,” starting over 100 years ago with the “Heroic Era” explorations of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, who both used Christchurch as a basecamp for their Antarctic expeditions.
Christchurch Antarctic Network And DirectoryConnecting Christchurch businesses products, services and innovation to International Antarctic Programmes.
International ProgrammesChristchurch hosts a number of international partners in addition to New Zealand’s own Antarctic government agency, Antarctica New Zealand.
Explore Antarctica In ChristchurchDuring your stay, we encourage you to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and diverse offerings of the city.
Christchurch's Antarctic Gateway StrategyRecognising the value of our gateway status for the benefit of the city and the nation, for current and future generations.