As a long time resident of New Zealand I thought I would do a little research about how to get to Antarctica from New Zealand. The first thing you should know is that it’s not going to be easy but it’s well worth the effort. But why go to Antarctica?
Antarctica is considered by most to be the furthest north location on Earth. It’s flat, blue and cold. It’s also home to the last surviving mammoth in the world and one of the most pristine environments on Earth. For all these reasons people are drawn to Antarctica.
So how do you get to Antarctica from New Zealand? I’ll explain some options in a minute.
There are several flights to Antarctica each year so you can have a flight to visit the region. If you want to make a trip of it is best to book your flight as early as possible, preferably a year ahead. In December the flight prices tend to drop so you will be able to save quite a bit on this journey.
How to get to Antarctica from New Zealand doesn’t have to be expensive. If you can secure your flights early, you should be able to save quite a bit on your overall travel cost. However, if you really want to get there and travel the amount of miles required will probably put you over your travel budget.
You could charter a yacht to get to the area though. The cost is only $2500 per person and you don’t need to worry about the weather because you’ll be on the water all the time. Plus you can always travel to the area by road because the views from there are simply breathtaking.
How to get to Antarctica from New Zealand through the famous Irnsten glacier is a journey to be remembered. It was for me. The view and just being able to see the landscape at such an incredible distance is truly a sight to behold.
With a bit of luck you could see more than one glacier and get your own view from each one. This would provide a great insight into the surrounding area. I bet you could even see more than one glacier from a small town which might make the journey worth it.
Another option for how to get to Antarctica from New Zealand is via the Cape Royds expedition. This adventure starts in September but is open to people over the age of 18 only. I really enjoyed my journey through this expedition.
It started off on a tour through the national park and included some fantastic walks around it. I took one such walk in the morning after an amazing day of seeing glaciers and forests. When I finally arrived at the park the view of the area was spectacular.
Then we climbed up to the top of the ice shelf, where we could see all the way to the mainland. From here we went through some extensive glacier travel as the park is an ice shelf which moves slowly. After several hours we ended up at a campground with wonderful views across the ice shelf to the west.
How to get to Antarctica from New Zealand is easier than you might think. Just consider whether you want to go through the glacial travel or want a view of the area and take your pick.