Every October, Scott Base and McMurdo Station personnel are flown down to Ross Island, Antarctica, by the United States Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. They call this the Season Opening – and they need your help to inspect the planes before takeoff!
Since the days of American aviator, Admiral Byrd – the first person to reach the South Pole by air, in 1929 – Antarctic aviation has evolved to the point where Christchurch International Airport plays host to 100 departures a season, with aircraft like the US C-17 Globemaster and the Kiwi P3 Orion embarking on the 5–8 hour journey south. It's a whistle-stop tour, because they have to turn back pretty promptly so their fuel doesn't freeze!
Come and join the USAF and RNZAF personnel as they show you inside these incredible aircraft. Enjoy entertainment including Bond Street Bridge, brass bands and a special guest appearance by Don McGlashan. There will also be coffee, drinks and special displays right on the tarmac as they prepare for takeoff the following day.
If you get a bit peckish, pop across the road to the Antarctic Centre for hot sandwiches, burgers, salads, Scott Base Wine, snow-chilled beer, coffee and ice cream. This event is brought to you by Christchurch Airport, the United States Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Christchurch City Council.
Super cool deal - Extreme pass entry to the Antarctic Centre all weekend just $25 Adults and $10 kids - that’s less than half price!