“Ōtautahi Christchurch has always been a place of exploration and stories, with perhaps the richest Antarctic history on the planet,” Kennedy said.
“The Antarctic Gateway City Trail enables people to experience this history in depth, at the places it happened, and at their own pace.”
Figures from 2017 show that National Antarctic Programmes that utilise the New Zealand and Christchurch Gateway contribute nearly $150m to the economy, of which $105m is in Canterbury. The Antarctic sector as a whole contributes more than $250 million to the Canterbury economy, and more than $500m to the national economy.
What is The Christchurch Antarctic Office?
The Christchurch Antarctic Office was established in 2016 to provide strategic direction and leadership for the development and implementation of the city’s Antarctic Strategy.
The Office is also charged with maintaining effective engagement with stakeholders to increase an understanding of Antarctica by valuing and sharing Canterbury’s links to Antarctica and strengthening links between Antarctic related organisations in Canterbury and New Zealand.
They also administer the Christchurch Antarctic Network, a group of local businesses with links to the Antarctic sector.
The Office is run by ChristchurchNZ, the city’s economic development agency, on behalf of the city.
For more information on Ōtautahi Christchurch’s connection to Antarctica, check out The Christchurch Antarctic Office website.