Antarctic Relations

It has been the stepping off point for many Antarctic expeditions dating back to the early 1900s. Explorers including Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton used Lyttelton as the point of departure for their expeditions, many of which had New Zealanders on board.  Industry has developed to meet the needs of the scientists, artists, tourists, explorers and support personnel as they prepare for their time on the ice. 

Christchurch based Antarctic programmes

Christchurch is home to offices of a number of Antarctic programmes.

From Christchurch to Antarctica

The aerial gateway to the Antarctic with over 100 direct flights each year.

Christchurch based Antarctic organisations

A number of Antarctic organisations are based in Christchurch.

Exploring Antarctica - the next best thing

Some great ways to explore Antarctica without leaving Christchurch.

Celebrating the city’s Antarctic status

Antarctic Season Opening celebrations usually coincided with the first flights to Antarctica at the end of September/beginning of October.

Heroic Explorers & Adventurers

Read about some of the famous Antarctic explorers and their connections to Christchurch.