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90 Degrees South

Explore behind the scenes of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Antarctic Expedition 1956–58. You can learn more about the extraordinary Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Ed and explore the story of Sir Ed's determination, his capacity for planning and Sir Ed's place in New Zealand as a national hero.

Learn about the 2 years of planning that went into the Antarctic expedition, the events leading up to the teams departure to Depot 700 at Scott Base right through to the travel to the South Pole from 20 December 1957 – 5 January 1958. See a glimpse of life on the ice in a cutaway illustrating the living standards for the team while at Scott Base and view the centrepiece, one of only three modified Ferguson tractors used by Sir Ed and his team to cross the South Pole on this expedition.  

Join MOTAT to celebrate the life of Sir Ed and his achievements by visiting the 90° South exhibition, located at MOTAT Great North Rd.