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
- 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
- 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
- Thursday 29 September 6pm to 8pm Women Researchers in Antarctica – Series Launch Event. Tautoru / TSB Space on Hapori | Community, Level 1
- Sunday 2 October 2pm to 4pm Mission to reactivate a Polish Antarctic research station Auaha Hihī / Spark Place, He Hononga | Connection, Ground Floor
- Monday 3 October 5pm to 6.30pm Asia on Ice Foundation Café
- Monday 3 October 6.45pm to 8pm The future of Scott Base: modernising New Zealand's Antarctic base Talk Auaha Hīhī / Spark Place, He Hononga | Connection, Ground Floor
- Tuesday 4 October 6pm to 7pm A History of Photography in Antarctica Talk. Tautoru / TSB Space on Hapori | Community, Level 1
- Thursday 6 October 6.30pm to 7.30pm Chasing the Southern Lights. Tautoru / TSB Space on Hapori | Community, Level 1
- Saturday 8 October 1pm to 4pm Korora Kaitiaki storytelling with Pohatu Penguins. Wāhi Whānau / Family Place and Taupuni Auaha / Creative Space, Hapori | Community, Level 1
- Saturday 8 October 10.30am to 4pm Antarctica Day at Tūranga
- Saturday 8 October Robots in Cold Places
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:
Explore our Antarctic connections
ChristchurchNZ has a page on our Antarctic connections including a document listing places with links to the South Pole.
Antarctic history resources
- Antarctic gateway audio trail
- Early days in Antarctica A Digital NZ set of images from the first Polar explorations.
- Papers Past Explore historical news stories related to the South Pole and Antarctica.
- Historic Antarctic images From the Antarctica NZ Digital Asset Manager (ADAM)
- Antarctica and New Zealand – Voyages of discovery Nigel Roberts. Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 24 July 2012.
- Antarctica and New Zealand New Zealand History Online (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 3 February 2012.
Captain Robert Falcon Scott Statue
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.