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 is home to offices of a number of Antarctic programmes.
The aerial gateway to the Antarctic with over 100 direct flights each year.
A number of Antarctic organisations are based in Christchurch.
Some great ways to explore Antarctica without leaving Christchurch.
Antarctic Season Opening celebrations usually coincided with the first flights to Antarctica at the end of September/beginning of October.
Read about some of the famous Antarctic explorers and their connections to Christchurch.