Antarctica

Antarctica

Days of Ice - 29 September to 9 October 2022

Ōtautahi Christchurch is one of only five Antarctic Gateway cities in the world. Days of Ice is a celebration of the opening of the Antarctic Summer science season and Christchurch’s unique connections with Antarctica with eleven days of events and activities, exhibitions, guest speakers and polar films, as well as kids’ activities and competitions. There will be events at Tūranga and an Antarctic Window Hunt at Lyttelton.

Explore Days of Ice between 29 September and 9 October 2022 and be inspired by our city’s links to Antarctica.

Days of Ice at Tūranga

Displays

  • Visit the new Scott Base model on He Hononga | Connection, Level 1
  • View models of ice breaker ships from China, South Korea & Italy - Tūhuratanga | Discovery, Level 3
  • Antarctica Art exhibition is a display of artwork created by Year 10 students at Christchurch Girls’ High School – outside Tautoru / TSB Space on Hapori | Community, Level 1

Events/Activities

  • Far From Frozen - Going to Extremes Sunday 2 to Sunday 9 October. Otago Museum’s hands-on science showcase brings the reality of climate change to life through interactives, demonstrations, VR and more. Tautoru / TSB Space on Hapori | Community, Level 1
  • Far From Frozen evening stargazing Wednesday 5 October 6pm to 7.30pm. Tautoru / TSB Space on Hapori | Community, Level 1
  • Science on Ice 29 September to 9 October 2pm to 2.30pm, Hapori | Community, Level 1

 Evening Talks / Other events

Imagination Station

Antarctica

Inside an ice cave. 2005. Entry by Michael Nottage in the 2021 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. CCL-PH21-112
Inside an ice cave. 2005. Entry by Michael Nottage in the 2021 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. CCL-PH21-112

Gateway to Antarctica

Gateway to Antarctica set on Canterbury Stories

Do you have any Antarctic-related photos? Share them in our Photo Hunt this October!

Find out more about the Photo Hunt.

How to enter:

  • Take your photo to your local library and we will scan it and return it to you;
  • Submit your photos online from 1 October;
  • Upload directly to the Discovery Wall during October.

Be in to win:

Antarctic resources

Explore our Antarctic connections

ChristchurchNZ has a page on our Antarctic connections including a document listing places with links to the South Pole.

The Canterbury Museum has an extensive collection of Antarctic historical resources. The International Antarctic Centre has exhibitions showing past and present life on the ice.

Roald Amundsen
Bust of Roald Amundsen, Canterbury Museum. Flickr CCL-2012-Amundsen

Antarctic history resources

Antarctic Adventure

Captain Robert Falcon Scott Statue

Scott memorial, corner of Worcester Street and Oxford Terrace, Christchurch : the Clarendon Hotel can be seen on the left next to the Public Trust Office[194-?]
Scott memorial, corner of Worcester Street and Oxford Terrace, Christchurch : the Clarendon Hotel can be seen on the left next to the Public Trust Office [194-?] CCL PhotoCD 16, IMG0069

A statue of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, CVO, RN, is on the river bank at the intersection of Oxford Terrace and Worcester Street. There is information on the statue on the Christchurch City Council website. There is also more about the statue in Public art in Christchurch, a study by the Robert McDougall Art Gallery.

It was sculpted by Scott’s widow, Lady Kathleen Scott, and purchased from her by the Christchurch City Council. It was to be made in bronze, but when work started in 1915 World War I was underway and all available metal was being used for armaments.

It serves as a memorial to those who died with Scott on his return journey from the South Pole in 1912, and bears his last message:

I do not regret this journey, which shows that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another, and meet death with as great a fortitude as ever in the past.

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