New Zealand Antarctic Society (NZAS)

The New Zealand Antarctic Society was formed in 1933 and has branches in New Zealand's main centres as well as an international membership.

The Society brings together people interested in Antarctica, to share knowledge in the fields of all sciences, exploration, discovery and mapping of Antarctica, to seek protection of the Antarctic environment, and to promote New Zealand's interests in Antarctica.

It is the only Antarctic organisation of its kind in the world and publishes an quarterly journal (Antarctic) summarising international Antarctic events.


We have a very wide and varied membership. At its core are people who have first hand experience of Antarctica, including Old Antarctic Explorers (OAEs) from the earliest days of New Zealand, American, British and Australian exploration.

Others are people who have travelled to Antarctica more recently, some on tour ships. The remaining membership is made up of people who have a deep interest in Antarctica, often through related interests.

Quite a high proportion of our membership live outside New Zealand, and many are libraries that find our magazine has a valuable coverage of Antarctic affairs.

Membership entitles you to:
  • Antarctic, our journal which is published in March, June, September and December each year.
  • Newsletters
  • Discounted rates on books published by the Society.
  • Catalogues from the Society's mail order Polar Bookshop
    You can:
  • Read the contents of a recent issue of Antarctic on line here...
  • Subscribe to our email newsletters  here...