Antarctica New Zealand operates a logistics transport pool in partnership with the American and Italian Antarctic programmes. All personnel are flown to Antarctica and will land at one of three airfields depending on the time of year. The following procedures will be followed when travelling to Antarctica.
Departure for Antarctica
Passengers to Antarctica leave from the International Antarctic Centre Passenger Terminal at the International Antarctic Centre (Antarctica New Zealand's offices). They do not leave from the Christchurch Airport Terminal.
All flights travel between Christchurch, New Zealand and McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Several types of aircraft are used and flight times vary accordingly.
An in-flight meal is provided, which includes a water bottle. It is advisable to retain this bottle for use in Antarctica. Smoking is not permitted on any flights.
When travelling to Antarctica by air all personnel MUST be suitably dressed in Antarctic clothing prior to departure from the Christchurch Antarctic Passenger Terminal. This is part of the official requirement for all passengers travelling to Antarctica and non-conformity will result in being off-loaded. The Logistics section will explain the clothing requirements during clothing kitout. All clothing required to wear on the aircraft is provided by Antarctica New Zealand. Photos of the clothing supplied by Antarctica New Zealand can be found here.
On the flight south you are allowed a baggage allowance of 75 lbs (34 kg). Antarctic clothing that will be issued to you weighs approximately 20 lbs, the balance is for your personal clothing and accessories. It is important to remember that not all of your personal effects have to go with you on departure. There are about 3 flights per week right through the season (October-February), so personal effects can be left in Christchurch and placed in the cargo system for transport south at a date of your choosing if you are going to be on the Ice for an extended period of time. See the Before Travel section for dates and requirements for cargo.
As part of the clothing kitout you will be given two carry bags. If you are going to Antarctica for a short period of time (up to two weeks) these bags should be big enough to contain all your clothing and personal items (toilet bag etc). You may also want to take a small day pack.
Customs and inflight regulations
All personnel leaving for Antarctica are processed through the Antarctic Passenger Terminal at the International Antarctic Centre, and are subject to Security and Customs inspections.
Passengers should ensure that baggage does not contain any prohibited articles and should ask if in doubt. Any dangerous or hazardous goods that you need to take to Antarctica should be handled through the Antarctica New Zealand Cargo System and should be provided in advance of the intended travel date.