Antarctic Peninsula

    March 2-17


Do you have a strong curiosity to go out and explore the world?

Do you want to get out of your comfort zone by travelling to the world’s most extreme environment?

Are you interested in learning about Antarctica’s history, environment, wildlife, science and stories of early exploration?

Do you have special skills that will enable you to share these stories with others?

Connecting young people with the spirit of exploration

What are Inspiring Explorers’ Expeditions?

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 Scott, Shackleton and Hillary.

The Trust’s Inspiring Explorers’ Expeditions aim to provide opportunities for young people to experience Antarctica and connect them with the legacy of polar exploration. These expeditions engage people with the legacy and spirit of exploration, inspiring a new generation of explorers.

The Trust is providing an opportunity of a lifetime in March 2019 for a group of young people from New Zealand to participate in a ten day expedition off the Antarctic Peninsula. The expedition is heavily sponsored and you will be expected to share your story to inspire others with the spirit of exploration.

This expedition follows on from the success of the Trust’s 2015 Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition crossing South Georgia Island via the Shackleton route, the 2017 Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition climbing Mt Scott on the Antarctic Peninsula, and recently the 2018 Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition to traverse the Greenland ice cap in honour of Fridtjof Nansen.

Where are we going?

The 2019 expedition will see us return to Antarctica. Participants will explore the Antarctic Peninsula by ship with the opportunity for kayak excursions in Antarctic waters with New Zealand Olympian Mike Dawson and expert guides. Travel via ship from South America across the famed Drake Passage with our partner One Ocean Expeditions.

Experience the spirit of the early polar explorers; a remarkable legacy the Trust cares for on behalf of humanity. Learn about the history of Antarctica, its wildlife, science and its importance to the world today.

When are we going?

The expedition will take place from 2 March to 17 March 2019; including travel time from New Zealand and back.

Our Inspiring Explorers will fly to Ushuaia, Argentina, from there they will embark on the voyage south to the Peninsula.

What does the expedition involve?

This expedition will provide up to five participants with the opportunity to explore Antarctica with Antarctic Heritage Trust and Mike Dawson (two-time Olympian and NZ kayak champion).

Expedition partners One Ocean Expeditions and Mike Dawson will lead guided kayaking journeys off a vessel through Antarctic waters.

There will be time to explore the Antarctic Peninsula, and see the marine mammals and wildlife unique to Antarctica. The expedition group may have the opportunity to camp overnight on the ice, however this will depend on weather conditions.

Highlights of this expedition include:

  • An opportunity to experience Antarctica!
  • An opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula with expert guides
  • An opportunity for students to learn and develop new skills, such as kayaking
  • An opportunity to join Olympian Mike Dawson and One Ocean Expedition kayak guides for kayaking adventures off a vessel
  • A night camping on the ice (subject to conditions)
  • The chance to get out of your comfort zone and do something you’ve never done before

Why are we doing this expedition?

Antarctic Heritage Trust wants to connect young people with the spirit of exploration by providing opportunities for them to go out and explore the world, to get them off their devices and out of their comfort zone. This trip will offer people a chance to push themselves, to connect with experts, and learn about the history, science, wildlife, environment and legacy of exploration in Antarctica. Participants will discover the spirit of exploration in the world’s most extreme environment and experience the spirit of the early polar explorers; a remarkable legacy the Trust cares for on behalf of humanity.

Outreach Programme

Each Inspiring Explorer is expected to conceive and deliver an outreach programme. The focus is on sharing the experience to inspire others to explore.

Meet Mike…

AHT is thrilled to be partnering with Olympic kayaker Mike Dawson, who will be joining the Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition as a kayaking mentor.

Mike Dawson was born in Tauranga in 1986. After taking up kayaking at a young age, the sport quickly became his main focus. He has so far competed in two Olympic Games, has achieved silver and bronze medals in extreme kayaking championships, and has participated in kayaking expeditions in Chile, Uganda, Pakistan and beyond…

“I have loved kayaking ever since I first started doing it as a kid. I’m absolutely stoked to be joining AHT to share my passion for kayaking with other young New Zealanders and hopefully teach people some new skills!”

We will announce our Inspiring Explorers’ team in February 2019 – keep an eye out!

Applications are closed

Applications for the Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition 2019 are now closed. We are currently processing applications and will contact applicants in due course.

Our Expedition Partner

This expedition will be guided by respected polar expedition company One Ocean Expeditions and participants will travel to Antarctica via a One Ocean Expeditions vessel.


The sun sets on another working week for many of us - have a relaxing long (if you are in New Zealand) weekend... This photo was taken by one of the team at Stonington Island, on the Antarctic Peninsula.

#explore #discover #Antarctica #conservation 📷: Antarctic Heritage Trust
#onthisday in 1861, Fridtjof Nansen was born in Store Frøen, Christiania (which is now Norway's capital, Oslo). Here he is pictured at age four, by which point the young Nansen had already been skiing for two years! By school age he was venturing away for weeks on his own into the wilderness, an early sign of the groundbreaking explorer he was soon to become... 👶🏼🧑🏼🧔🏼👴🏼 #explore #discover #Greenland #Nansen #inspiringexplorers
Harry the Husky has found a home with Lisa Dineen (as well as Stevie and Jack!) who has been randomly selected as our husky giveaway prize winner following Antarctic Air Day 2018. Congratulations! 
Thanks to everyone who took part by sharing their photo with Harry to Facebook or Instagram. Harry and the rest of the AHT team loved meeting everyone who stopped by.

#AirDay #Antarctica #winner #husky #explore #discover
Shackleton, Scott, Wilson. National Antarctic (Discovery) Expedition (1901-04). #explore #discover #Antarctica #conservation #InspiringExplorers 📷: Canterbury Museum
#onthisday in 1888, Nansen and Sverdrup reached Godthaab (now Nuuk) on the West Coast of Greenland, 49 days after beginning the crossing. The remaining four men reached Godthaab on 12 October, having separated from the other two for the final stage of the journey. 
As no ship was likely to come to Godthaab until the following spring, the men spent the next seven months immersing themselves in the environment - hunting, fishing, and observing the lives of the townspeople. When the time came to leave, Nansen warmly noted that, "It was not without sorrow that we left this place and these people, among whom we had enjoyed ourselves so well." #explore #discover #Greenland #Nansen #InspiringExplorers 📷: Siems & Lindegaard, public domain
Thank you to everyone who applied for our Inspiring Explorers' Expedition 2019! Once again we have been blown away by the number of applications we received.

Applications for this expedition are now closed. To those who applied, please bear with us as we process all the applications - we will be in touch soon. If you missed out on getting your application in, be sure to keep an eye on our channels for next year's announcement! 🐧🐧🐧 #explore #discover #Antarctica #InspiringExplorers 📷: Antarctica New Zealand Pictorial Collection
Harry the husky with his pack @huskyrescuenz  thanks to everyone who entered to win him. Don’t forget to upload ur photo and tag us in. #Antarctica #dogs# #AirDay2018 #win
Don't get caught snoozing! There are just two days to go until applications close for our Inspiring Explorers' Expedition 2019 to Antarctica... Thanks to everyone who tagged a budding explorer in on our competition. We are happy to announce that Leah Stewart is the lucky winner of our prize pack - congratulations!

Applications are open to New Zealanders aged 18-30, but hurry - they close at midnight, this Sunday 30 September. 🐧❄️ #explore #discover #Antarctica #InspiringExplorers 📷: Antarctic Heritage Trust
The 3822km distance between Christchurch and Scott Base is no trouble for the Globemaster C-17, which has a total range of 10,390km.

If you are in #christchurch come along to Antarctic Air Day this Saturday for a fun family day out and take a look at the amazing C-17 in person.

Make sure you stop by the AHT tent to say hi and enter to win some fantastic prizes! 🐧❄️✈️ #Antarctica #AirDay #ChristchurchNZ 📷: @christchurchnz