About Us

The Trust's mission is to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration

Credit: Alasdair Turner

The Antarctic Heritage Trust is a New Zealand-based charity with a vision of inspiring explorers.

Through its mission to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration the Trust cares for the remarkable expedition bases of early Antarctic explorers including Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmund Hillary. It shares the legacy of exploration through outreach programmes and encourages the spirit of exploration through expeditions to engage and inspire a new generation.

Read our Strategic Plan.


The Antarctic Heritage Trust (NZ) was established in 1987.  It manages the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project, which is a multi-year, multi-site conservation project caring for five expedition bases in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica:

Teams of conservation experts work in Antarctica conserving the explorers’ bases and the more than 20,000 artefacts the men left behind, including clothing, food and equipment.


Our current work programme has four main focus areas:

  • Conserving Antarctica’s heritage under the Trust’s care for future generations
  • Sharing the world’s greatest exploration stories
  • Encouraging youth to explore the physical world to educate and inspire them
  • Enhancing the Trust’s financial sustainability and independence


The Trust runs a number of outreach programmes to connect young people with Antarctica and its history of exploration.

Visit www.inspiringexplorers.com for more information about our expeditions.


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