Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Meet at Godley Head carpark at 1000hrs, or at the Antarctic hut at 1030hrs.
On December 1, 1959 twelve countries, including New Zealand, signed the Antarctic Treaty. The main purpose of the Antarctic Treaty is “that Antarctica shall continue for ever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord. The Environmental protocol designates Antarctica as a “natural reserve, devoted to peace and science”.
Godley Head now hosts the newly restored “Bill’s Antarctic Hut”. Rescued from Sumner, restored by the Department of Conservation, it welcomes each sunrise from its new setting. Explore the mystery of the lady who lived there, her hopes and fears.
Meet at the Godley Head camp gate at 10.00am to walk through the campground down to the hut, or make your own way to the Hut site along the hillside track from Taylors Mistake.
1030am – all meet at the Hut.
Hear the history of the hut, its travels to the Godley Head site, the most recent conservation work and recognise the Antarctic Treaty as shared by New Zealand Antarctic Society members Dr Bryan Storey, Peter McCarthy and others, along with the Alan McDonald from the Department of Conservation.
Celebrate our gateway city connection to the Antarctic on International Antarctic Day.
1130am – continue your exploration of Godley Head at your leisure.
To access Godley Head, proceed to Sumner, take the Evans Pass Road to the top of the pass, turn left on to Godley Head Road, carpark at end.
Attendance is free but you need to register your participation at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/godley-head-and-kinsey-hut-visit-tickets-52557223069
Contact: New Zealand Antarctic Society by email to NZASCanterburyBranch@gmail.com or by phoning John Rogers at 03 329 6884.
See you there.