There are some great ways to explore Antarctica without leaving Christchurch.
Canterbury Museum (external link) houses one of the world's greatest collections of artefacts from the heroic age of discovery in Antarctica. In 1958 the Commonwealth Trans Antarctic Expedition, led by Vivian Fuchs, with Sir Edmund Hillary, achieved Sir Ernest Shackleton’s goal of crossing the entire Antarctic continent. Hillary’s tractor and Fuch’s snow cat are displayed at the Canterbury Museum.
The International Antarctic Attraction (external link) is one of NZ's best tourist attractions', visitors can enjoy an interactive experience of Antarctica.
The Wigram Air Force Museum (external link) brings together a collection of historic aircraft, including original Beaver and Auster aircraft used in Antarctic aviation. The WE563 was brought for the NZ Antarctic Expedition 1955-1959.
Ferrymead Historic Park (external link) houses a DC3 used for US supply missions to and within Antarctica during the 1960s. A R4D5 is currently being renovated.
University of Canterbury’s Macmillan Brown Library houses an extensive collection of Antarctic archives. Many of them describe original scientific expeditions to Antarctica and New Zealand's sub-Antarctic Islands. The University’s central library is also home to the Antarctic Collection.
Based in central Christchurch, travels past locations with connections to early expeditions, scientific research and community support for Antarctic exploration. This and further details of sites of historic interest can be accessed from www.christchurch.org.nz/antarctic (external link) .
A pamphlet is available from the Akaroa Information Centre.
Ross Dependency stamps and franking are supplied by the Real Aoteroa (external link) shop, part of the Riccarton Post Shop at the Bush Inn Centre, They are the philatelic bureau for Christchurch and the Ross Dependency Agency (all the mail from the Ross Sea area comes through here for franking).