It is a special relationship spanning back 100 years with Scott’s journey to the pole in 1912 departing from Lyttleton. As the Gateway to Antarctica for New Zealand and many other countries, in particular the USA, our relationship with Antarctica is socially, spiritually and economically significant. Several years ago I had the privilege to spend a week on the Ice. The majesty of the place is beyond description. I was particularly struck with the poignancy of Scott’s hut at Cape Evans and the dogs still chained outside the hut as a legacy to the past!
My advice to anyone, is, that if you ever get the chance to visit this magic continent, take it, no matter what. It is an experience of a lifetime.