New Zealand Antarctic Society (Incorporated)

The New Zealand Antarctic Society was formed in 1933 and has 3 branches in New Zealand as well as an international membership.

The Society brings together people interested in Antarctica, to share knowledge in the fields of all sciences, exploration, discovery and mapping of Antarctica, to seek protection of the Antarctic environment, and to promote New Zealand's interests in Antarctica.

It is the only Antarctic organisation in the world to publish a full colour, magazine-style, quarterly publication (Antarctic) summarising international Antarctic events.


We have a very wide and varied membership. At its core are people who have first hand experience of Antarctica, including Old Antarctic Explorers (OAEs) from the earliest days of New Zealand, American, British and Australian exploration.

Others are people who have travelled to Antarctica more recently, some on tour ships. The remaining membership is made up of people who have a deep interest in Antarctica, often through related interests.

Quite a high proportion of our membership live outside New Zealand, and many are libraries that find our magazine has a valuable coverage of Antarctic affairs.

Membership entitles you to:
  • Antarctic, our magazine which is published in March, June, September and December each year.
  • Newsletters.
  • Discounted rates on books published by the Society.

  • Update from 2015 AGM

    2015-16 Antarctic Society Officers
    Congratulations to all the incumbent National Officers who were re-elected at the Antarctic Society's recent AGM. The Officers are:
  • Mariska Wouters, President
  • Linda Kestle, Vice President North Island
  • Margaret Bradshaw, Vice President South Island
  • Myra Walton, Secretary
  • Lester Chaplow, Treasurer

  • You will find our contact details hhere...
    **** What's New ****

    Scott Base Volunteer Programme

    New publication - Dogs of the Vastness

    A beautifully illustrated book has been commissioned by the NZAS Canterbury Branch to complement the bronze sled dog to be installed in Lyttelton. Both celebrate 125 years of direct links between Lyttelton and Antarctica. The book will appeal to both children and adults and encourages questions. It tells a story from a sled dog's point of view as the dog learns about the adventure ahead, interspersed with historical anecdotes and photos of Lyttelton's links with the Antarctic from 1900-2014. All proceeds of this not-for-profit book go to Society projects. An order form can be downloaded here...

    View and Search Past Issues

    The NZ Antarctic Society has made back issues of its magazine Antarctic available for searching and download. These include all years from 1956 to 2010. These will be a valuable source of material for Antarctic researchers.

    To view these click here .... or go to Our Magazine and follow the links.

    Full text searching of issues from 1956 to 2006 is available here ....