Become a Member

As an Antarctic Explorer Member, you will continue the legacy of exploration.

Your annual donation will make sure that the historic huts and artefacts of Borchgrevink, Scott, Shackleton and Hillary’s explorations in Antarctica will be conserved. You will also share the world’s greatest exploration stories, preserving Antarctica’s heritage and inspiring the next generation of explorers. Through a series of expeditions, exhibitions and school tours, the stories you love will inspire and encourage youth to explore the physical world across New Zealand and abroad.

Our members are part of a global community that believe in conserving, sharing, and encouraging the spirit of exploration. As a member you’ll be making an annual contribution towards the Trust activities for the coming year. This year, your membership will help:

  • Conserve the legendary expedition bases of Borchgrevink, Scott, Shackleton and Hillary through the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project.
  • Create cutting-edge virtual reality and augmented reality apps that will share stories of exploration across the globe through the Inspiring Explorers™ Education programme.
  • Provide opportunities for young explorers to attend Young Inspiring Explorers™ to teach them the history of legendary polar explorers and help them build an explorer mindset.
  • Give young adults the opportunity to challenge themselves mentally and physically through an Inspiring Explorers Expeditions™.

You can make an outstanding contribution by preserving our Antarctic heritage and inspiring the next generation of explorers.  Your membership will last for an entire year, and at the end of the year, you’ll have the opportunity to renew again. As a member, you will be recognised in the following ways:

Antarctic Gold Explorer

  • Personally acknowledged annually in the Trust’s Annual Report as a Gold Explorer
  • Priority invitation for events arranged by the Trust in your area
  • An Antarctic Historic Huts of the Ross Sea Region booklet produced by the Trust (on joining)
  • The Explorer Newsletter by email or post (three annually)
  • Annual Report by email or post
  • Personally acknowledged in the newsletter
  • Make a valuable contribution to our mission to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration
  • Annual cost $1,000

Antarctic Silver Explorer

  • Personally acknowledged annually in the Trust’s Annual Report as a Silver Explorer
  • Priority invitation for events arranged by the Trust in your area
  • An Antarctic Historic Huts of the Ross Sea Region booklet produced by the Trust (on joining)
  • The Explorer Newsletter by email or post (three annually)
  • Annual Report by email or post
  • Personally acknowledged in the newsletter
  • Make a valuable contribution to our mission to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration
  • Annual Cost $500

Antarctic Bronze Explorer

  • An Antarctic Historic Huts of the Ross Sea Region booklet produced by the Trust (on joining)
  • The Explorer Newsletter by email (three annually)
  • Annual Report by email
  • Personally acknowledged in the newsletter (on joining)
  • Make a valuable contribution to our mission to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration
  • Annual Cost $100

The Trust’s core administration costs are funded by the New Zealand Government and sponsors, so your contribution goes directly to the Trust’s mission. Your membership is classified as a donation, with donations of NZD$5 or more being eligible for a donation tax credit from New Zealand Inland Revenue (New Zealand individual tax payers only, please contact us for international giving options).