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

SBR concept
19 January 2022

The new face rebuilding Scott Base

Antarctica New Zealand has a new Project Director steering the redevelopment of New Zealand’s home on the ice. Jon Ager has been brought on to lead the delivery of the Scott Base Redevelopment project and manage Antarctica New Ze… Read More

20200714 Turbine Panorama Custom
22 December 2021

We're hiring! Wind Farm Upgrade roles

It’s an exciting time to be joining Antarctica New Zealand – we’ve received Government funding to redevelop Scott Base, which will see the existing base, built in the 1980s and made up of 12 buildings, replaced by three large int… Read More

Prime Port Timaru
5 November 2021

It’s all about that Base

Antarctica New Zealand is thrilled to announce that the new Scott Base will be constructed at PrimePort Timaru.The decision to work with PrimePort was made after careful deliberation – not least because it has an accessible and a… Read More

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