Story: Antarctica and New Zealand
The ‘frozen continent’ of Antarctica has long fascinated New Zealanders. The early-20th-century Antarctic expeditions of Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton visited the South Island, and New Zealand’s main Antarctic centre, Scott Base, is named after the ill-fated Scott. In the 2000s scientific exploration was a major focus. Tourists were also drawn to the dramatic landscapes, wildlife and historic sites.