Antarctic Heritage Trust
Conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
BORCHGREVINK'S HUT, CAPE ADARE Cape Adare: 71° 18’ S 170° 11’ E
SHACKLETON'S HUT, CAPE ROYDS Cape Royds: 77° 33' S 166° 09’E
SCOTT'S HUT, HUT POINT Hut Point: 77° 50’S, 166° 37’E
SCOTT'S HUT, CAPE EVANS Cape Evans: 77° 38’ S 166° 25’ E
HILLARY'S HUT, SCOTT BASE Scott Base: 77° 85’S, 166° 75’E


The world’s most famous fruitcake and a forgotten watercolour painting will be displayed in Christchurch when an exhibition of objects from Antarctica’s first buildings opens on 18 May 2019.
Created by the Antarctic Heritage Trust in partnership with Canterbury Museum, Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica will be the public’s only chance to see items left behind by Carsten Borchgrevink’s Southern Cross and Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expeditions in two huts at Cape Adare.

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Made in Britain

Tested in Antarctica

The Antarctic Heritage Trust is happy to announce a new partnership with British performance clothing brand, Shackleton, inspired by the iconic Antarctic explorer of the same name.
Not only can you enjoy an exclusive 20% discount from the entire Shackleton collection using code NZAHT20 during checkout*, Shackleton will also donate 15% of your purchase to the Antarctic Heritage Trust, so that we may continue to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration.
*Offer valid until July 15th 2019


trip of a lifetime for two Auckland students

As part of a new partnership with Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Antarctic Heritage Trust is taking two Year 13 students kayaking in Antarctica with a kiwi Olympian.

Mele Fetu’u and Lana Kiddie-Vai will be on the Trust’s fourth Inspiring Explorers’ expedition in early 2019.

The team will travel to the Antarctic Peninsula from South America aboard a One Ocean Expeditions vessel as part of a scheduled expedition.

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Antarctic virtual reality announced

The Trust is thrilled to announce it has partnered with Auckland University of Technology to create a ground-breaking virtual reality experience of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Antarctic hut. 

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It’s not every day you get to work in sub-zero temperatures with historic buildings and artefacts. See our cold-climate conservation and carpentry teams in action.

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CAPE ROYDS, -77°33'10.7"S, 166°10'6.5"E

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Conservators working in Captain Scott’s last expedition base at Cape Evans a century on discovered a small box of photographic negatives. Painstaking conservation work revealed never before seen Antarctic images.

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inspiring explorers expedition 2019

The 2019 Inspiring Explorers' team returned home from their Antarctic Peninsula trip in mid-March. It was an amazing expedition with the opportunity to learn about Antarctica's history, science, exploration and to go kayaking with Olympian Mike Dawson. There's lots of content coming from their trip so keep an eye out! 

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In Nansen's footsteps
inspiring explorers' film out now

In 2018 Antarctic Heritage Trust took four young explorers 560km across the Greenland ice cap, in an epic expedition honouring Fridtjof Nansen’s first crossing 130 years ago. In Nansen’s Footsteps documents this journey and is the Trust’s third Inspiring Explorers’ film.

Read the full story here.

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111-Year old beer barrel returned to Antarctica

Antarctic Heritage Trust has returned a carefully reconstructed beer barrel to the Antarctic hut that was home to Sir Ernest Shackleton’s historic ‘Nimrod’ expedition in 1908.

The barrel of beer was originally donated to Shackleton by New Zealand brewer Speight’s in 1907.

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