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Antarctica comes to Cathedral Square

20 September 2019

Huskies and Hägglund in Cathedral Square? Yep you heard it right – Antarctic action in the CBD.

Bring the family and enjoy some freezing fun in the city, and learn about Christchurch’s connection with the icy continent.

Get ready for Explore Antarctica on Saturday 5 October from 11am-4pm.

Spring is when Ōtautahi Christchurch welcomes the New Zealand, US, Italian and Korean Antarctic programmes to our city as they prepare to start their Antarctic season.

This year, ChristchurchNZ and The Antarctic Office will host Explore Antarctica – a free family fun day to showcase the city’s wealth of Antarctic connections and welcome these international programmes.

On Saturday 5 October, Christchurch residents will have a taste of the icy continent, with crowd-favourite Huskies on site lapping up the attention, all-terrain Hägglund vehicles used down on the ice on show, and…..a special surprise, sure to be a crowd-pleaser, to be announced soon.

Children are encouraged to dress as their favourite explorer (past or present) and will be in to win a major Antarctic themed experience.

Grab a bite to eat at one of the delicious food vendors and check out the big screen, showcasing spectacular southern scenery and a glimpse of life at Scott Base. Those with a sense of adventure can take part in a husky-themed scavenger hunt.

Antarctic heroes who used Ōtautahi Christchurch as their basecamp for expeditions will come to life at this year’s event, so keep your eyes peeled!

David Kennedy, ChristchurchNZ’s Head of The Antarctic Office, said the event was an opportunity to welcome, educate and celebrate Christchurch’s connections with the frozen continent.

“Christchurch is one of five cities in the world recognised as an Antarctic gateway, the city has a longstanding history with academic, scientific and cultural links from the early 1900s through to today.

Explore Antarctica is our chance to get Christchurch residents and our future scientists, engineers, conservationists and geologists excited about protecting and learning from Antarctica’s unique landscape and wildlife.

ChristchurchNZ Head of Antarctic Office David Kennedy

“Explore Antarctica is our chance to get Christchurch residents and our future scientists, engineers, conservationists and geologists excited about protecting and learning from Antarctica’s unique landscape and wildlife.

“We want to celebrate that Christchurch is the best city to access all this international expertise and experience,” said Kennedy.

Get set for a free, fun and all-things-Antarctic day on Saturday 5 October, 11am to 4pm, in Cathedral Square.

To register your interest in Explore Antarctica, visit our event page.