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Scott Base

Scott Base, New Zealand's only Antarctic research station, perches on a low volcanic headland called Pram Point at the southern end of Ross Island. It is 3800km south of Christchurch and 1350km from the South Pole. Mt Erebus, an active volcano, sits north-east and to the west, across McMurdo Sound, is the Royal Society Range. Here, lies the boundary between the Ross Ice Shelf and the sea ice that forms every winter. From October to February, Scott Base is a bustling hub of scientists, staff and visitors. Up to 86 people can be accommodated at any one time; during the summer season, more than 300 people stay on base.

Tour of Scott Base

Location of Scott Base

  • Pram Point, Hut Point Peninsula, Ross
  • Island in McMurdo Sound
  • 77° 51' S, v 166° 46' E
  • 10 m above sea level

Scott Base News

Staff boarding the Boeing 757 2022
21 September 2022

Let the science begin!

Personnel tasked with keeping Scott Base running over the summer science season have arrived on the ice. The first group of Antarctica New Zealand and New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel landed yesterday on the Royal New Z… Read More

K882 Lily Pryor Rogers and Jack Massuger prepare to moor an instrument array which will monitor enviornmental conditions on the seafloor at Cape Evans Antarctica
31 August 2022

Robots race against climate change on seafloor

New Zealand’s Antarctic scientists are racing to document life on the seafloor in the Ross Sea before ecosystems change, possibly forever, as the world warms. Underwater robots have been deployed to conduct ‘speed sampling’, cove… Read More

Geomagnetic Huts In Place Antarctica New Zealand Matthew Jordan
15 August 2022

Better connected thanks to Antarctica

Not many Kiwis know that we connect to Antarctica every time we open a map on our phones – thanks to data collected by the Scott Base Geomagnetic Observatory! As well as supplying data for smartphone orientation, geomagnetic meas… Read More

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