Ever dreamt of travelling to Antarctica? In partnership with Ponant, luxury cruise and expeditions specialists and Antarctic Heritage Trust, exploreGO recently held a discovery and insights session, giving adventurers a unique glimpse how to make the most of your voyage to the world's southernmost continent.

Expert Speakers:

Aaron Halstead

Co-founder, exploreGO

Aaron has completed 41 Antarctic Expeditions, 2 circumnavigations of Antarctica, and was the first person to climb the highest mountain on the most remote place on earth – the Sub-Antarctic island of Bouvet.

Listen to Aaron share about his passion for the Great White Continent, climbing Mt Erebus, and journeying from the Falklands to New Zealand via the Phantom coast of West Antarctica. He wil also talk about discovering an unknown Emperor Penguin colony, and provide some tips about where to go in Antarctica. Aaron lives in Queenstown with his family, has led clients on extraordinary adventures on all 7 continents, and is a Trustee on the Central Otago Queenstown Trails Network Trust – building $26m of cycle and walking trails across Central Otago.

Bianca Bratton

NZ Business Development Manager, Ponant

Hear from Bianca Bratton, passionate photographer and explorer from Ponant Expedition Cruises about her Antarctic experiences during 2 separate expeditions.

Learn about the new age of luxury polar expeditions with the World Leader – Ponant. Discover off-the beaten path itineraries with the world’s first luxury icebreaker. Hear from Bianca about the newest Hybrid Electric vessel, launched last year specifically for deep polar exploration and scientific research.

Francesca Eathorne

Chief Operations Officer, Antarctic Heritage Trust

Antarctic Heritage Trust is a New Zealand-based charity with a vision of inspiring explorers.

Through its mission to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration the Trust cares for the incredible expedition bases of early Antarctic explorers including, Carsten Borchgrevink, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmund Hillary.

Francesca will share about her work in creating fully immersive virtual reality experiences of the Antarctic explorer bases, and a podcast she produced called Frozen in Time: Scott’s Antarctic Legacy with an introduction from Sir David Attenborough. She will share information on Antarctic Heritage Trust and its conservation work, including stories like finding whisky under Shackleton’s hut and the world’s most famous fruitcake – frozen for over 100 years; and importantly, how the Trust is connecting the next generation through its Inspiring ExplorersTM programme.


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