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Explore Antarctica In Christchurch

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Welcome To Ōtautahi Christchurch

The Gateway to Antarctica

We extend our warmest greetings to the esteemed members of the Antarctic science and logistics support community. 

Whether you are embarking on an exciting journey south to Antarctica or returning from a successful expedition, we are thrilled to have you in our city. Ōtautahi Christchurch has a rich Antarctic history, serving as a crucial hub for those who explore the frozen continent.

As you explore our city, you'll find echoes of this history in our museums, monuments, and even the names of our streets. Christchurch has been a launching point for countless legendary expeditions to Antarctica, from the early days of Scott and Shackleton to the cutting-edge research missions of today. We invite you to delve into this history, walk in the footsteps of Antarctic pioneers, and gain a deeper understanding of the incredible legacy that connects our city to the frozen wilderness.

During your stay, we also encourage you to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and diverse offerings our city has to offer. From engaging activities that showcase the natural beauty of our region to captivating sightseeing opportunities that highlight our rich Antarctic heritage, there is something here for everyone. And when it comes to culinary delights, our city boasts a wide array of dining options to satisfy every palate. Local businesses take great pride in hosting and looking after our Antarctic guests, so don't hesitate to let them know you're part of this incredible community.

We hope you have a memorable and enjoyable stay in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Your presence enriches our city, and we look forward to being a part of your journey to and from Antarctica.

Warm regards,
Christchurch Antarctic Office

Antarctic Magnetic Observatory Workshop

Magnetic Observatory Workshop

The workshop is the last remaining building of the historic Magnetic Observatory. Early Antarctic explorers, local and international scientists, including Nobel prize winners, have made many discoveries here. Their work is now celebrated in a permanent exhibition open daily from 10am to 4pm.

Visit The Magnetic Observatory

Coca Mair Gallery 19


The Centre of Contemporary Art Toi Moroki (CoCA) is a leading art gallery in Ōtautahi Christchurch, governed by the Canterbury Society of Arts Charitable Trust. The gallery has a rich history of supporting the development of arts practitioners and serving the community since it was established over 140 years ago.

Head To CoCA

Christchurch City Street Art Riverside Antarctic Mural

Antarctic Gateway Walking Tour

Hear from scientists and artists, historians and curators, and discover the fascinating stories of Ōtautahi Christchurch's unique connections to the frozen continent.

Walk The Tour

Antarctic Centre Activity

International Antarctic Centre

The only specialised Antarctic attraction in the world, providing a fun, interactive and informative way to learn about life on the icy continent.

Explore The International Antarctic Centre

Street with old store frontages and tram tracks in Ferrymead.

Ferrymead Heritage Park

Includes the photographic darkroom of Herbert Ponting, a member of Captain Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition and the first professional photographer to accompany an Antarctic expedition. Also features a restored DC3 plane used for US Antarctic Operation Deep Freeze in the 1960s.

Visit The Ferrymead Heritage Park

Antarctic Office Salute to Adventurer Frank Worsley

Akaroa Museum

Akaroa’s favourite son, Captain Frank Worsley, was the ship’s Captain and Navigator aboard Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 – 1917 Endurance expedition. The Akaroa Museum commemorates Worsley's life of adventure. There is also a bronze bust sculpture situated near Akaroa's main wharf.

Explore Akaroa Museum

Airforce Museum Antarctic Plane

Air Force Museum Of New Zealand

Displays the original aircraft used during the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1955-1958, co-led by Sir Edmund Hillary.

Explore Air Force Museum Of New Zealand

Black Cat Cruises

Black Cat Cruises

The award-winning Black Cat Group is internationally recognised as one of the success stories of the New Zealand tourism industry and an eco-tourism pioneer.

Enjoy Black Cat Cruises

Family Dinner Out At Delilah On The Terrace

Editor's Picks Of The Top Places To Eat

Discover everything from cosy cafés and neighbourhood bars to romantic fine dining. Savour every flavour that our culturally diverse region has to offer.

Discover Great Places To Eat