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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

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19 May 2022

We need you to Colour Our Place, Scott Base!

Scott Base is Aotearoa New Zealand's place in Antarctica. From Sir Edmund Hillary's dash to the South Pole by tractor to the excellence of New Zealand Antarctic science, Kiwis have a long history of exploration and research on t… Read More

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12 April 2022

Elusive whales visit Scott Base

Whale, whale, whale. What do we have here? The kiwi crew in Antarctica spotted a pod of secretive mammals in the bay in front of Scott Base last month. There was a buzz about base afterwards as the team tried to identify the spec… Read More

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30 March 2022

New building for science at Scott Base

Sir Edmund Hillary’s legacy lives on as the first piece of the new Scott Base infrastructure is installed in Antarctica. The small but mighty building will support several science experiments, some of which have continued uninter… Read More

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