The Antarctic explorers of the early twentieth century were global superstars. Christchurch presented the perfect basecamp for the expeditions that would take them to glory or demise.
From the first fragile sailing ships that ventured into the icy unknown, to the massive supply aircraft of today, Christchurch is proud of its long history connecting it to Antarctica.
Our Connection with the Past, Our Role in the Future
Era of Heroes
Selfless and Courageous: Captain Robert Falcon Scott
Local Hero: Frank Worsley
Knighted Explorer: Sir Ernest Shackleton
First to the Pole: Roald Amundsen
A Grim Souvenir: Dr Edward Wilson
Captain Robert Falcon Scott
There is not, I believe, any country in the world so fully in sympathy with the objects of the expedition as New Zealand.
Listen Up Ōtautahi
Learn about Ōtautahi's role as an Antarctic gateway city on our audio tour.
Hear from scientists and artists, historians and curators and get a taste for the magic, adventure and importance of this otherworldly continent.
The tour takes about 90 minutes covering 1.2km with 18 stops. If you're with young ones be sure to look out for the Antarctic creatures hidden along the route.
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