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The Antarctic Office
Christchurch’s official city hub to connect and excite people and organisations around the city’s unique Antarctic heritage and future opportunities across community, business, tourism, science and education.
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Welcome to The Antarctic Office

The Antarctic Connection

Christchurch is one of five Antarctic gateway cities in the world. 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.

As a welcoming host and provider of logistic and business support to Antarctic programmes and agencies, Christchurch aims to deliver excellence and be a valued contributor in supporting New Zealand’s interests in the Antarctic region.

Christchurch values the United States, Italian, Korean and New Zealand programmes operating from the city and welcomes China, Germany and France who use Christchurch as their gateway to the Ross Sea region.

What we do

The Antarctic Office was established as part of Christchurch’s Antarctic Gateway Strategy, to celebrate and realise the value of Christchurch’s Antarctic gateway status for the benefit of the city and the nation, for current and future generations.

The Antarctic Office is Christchurch’s official city hub to connect and excite people and organisations around the city’s unique Antarctic heritage and future opportunities across community, business, tourism, science and education.

Our four priority action areas

  • Delivering excellence as a logistics and business hub.
  • Engaging people in Christchurch’s Antarctic connection in an exciting, informative, interactive and meaningful way.
  • Supporting the development and understanding of Antarctic knowledge and scientific endeavour.
  • Taking a leadership role in sustainable actions for the benefit of the Antarctic region, our city and the world.

Want to know more?

Have an enquiry? Get in touch with our team:

David Kennedy
Head of The Antarctic Office
Email: david.kennedy@christchurchnz.com
Ph: 021 272 1287

Sue McFarlane
Manager – Relationships
Email: sue.mcfarlane@christchurchnz.com
Ph: 027 220 7245

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