Sir Ed’s Antarctica now a virtual reality


Nigel Watson, CEO of AHT (left) with SEHC leadership team, student leaders and the Prime Minister
Nigel Watson, CEO of AHT (left) with SEHC leadership team, student leaders and the Prime Minister

On Friday 31 July Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, launched the Antarctic Heritage Trust (AHT) unique virtual reality experience of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Antarctic hut at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate (SEHC).

Developed in partnership with Auckland University of Technology (AUT) over two years, the free virtual reality experience allows users to explore Sir Edmund Hillary’s hut in Antarctica. The experience provides insight into how Sir Ed’s team of 23 lived and worked in the world’s most extreme environment more than 60 years ago. The Antarctic Heritage Trust conserved the building in time for Scott Base’s 60th anniversary in 2017.

Using the app, users can tour the five rooms of the building, viewing hundreds of artefacts from the early years of New Zealand’s Antarctic programme and learn more about New Zealand’s first presence in Antarctica. The virtual reality experience is free and can be downloaded from the app store. Visit the Trust’s website for more information: https://nzaht.org/share/virtual-reality/

August 2020

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