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.

The Trust is recognised internationally as the organisation that cares for the expedition bases of polar explorers Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Carsten Borchgrevink and Sir Edmund Hillary. 

These huts, crammed with the original supplies and equipment have been described as the most evocative heritage buildings in the world. In the process of conserving the huts we have undertaken cutting-edge heritage conservation unprecedented in its scale and complexity in the polar regions, and have become the world leader in remote cold-climate heritage conservation.

Our conservation work ensures the expedition bases and thousands of artefacts left behind survive and are preserved for the benefit of current and future generations. We are also committed to sharing the spirit of exploration and encouraging the next generation of inspiring explorers. Our outreach programmes share the stories of Antarctic exploration, promoting the values of adventure, discovery and endurance.


The Antarctic Heritage Trust (NZ) was established in 1987 and cares for five expedition bases in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica:


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

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