Expedition partners

Inspiring Explorers™ Programme Partners

We are delighted to welcome two new partners who are supporting our Inspiring Explorers™ Programme.

Inspiring Explorers™ Programme Partner – MetService

MetService, Te Ratonga Tirorangi, is New Zealand’s national weather authority and designated representative to the World Meteorological Organization, providing comprehensive weather services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Commercially, they deliver scientific insights and solutions that give local and international businesses a competitive edge in the transport, energy, media, resources, industry, infrastructure and retail sectors.

As a State Owned Enterprise established to deliver weather services to benefit New Zealand’s people and economy, MetService has become a commercially successful science company, delivering powerful weather intelligence by combining data, scientific rigour and valuable insights with the latest technology. Their team of over 300 employees includes world-class meteorologists, oceanographers, data analysts, modellers and researchers across New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Europe.

MetOcean Solutions, the oceanographic division of MetService, is spearheading the Moana Project to revolutionise understanding of Aotearoa’s oceans and the ability to forecast its behaviour. The Moana Project brings together 54 experts from across 14 national & international organisations, cutting-edge science and technology, historical and new data and indigenous knowledge to fill major gaps in our ocean knowledge.

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Inspiring Explorers™ Programme Partner – Royal Society Te Apārangi

Royal Society Te Apārangi, an independent not-for-profit membership organisation, supports New Zealanders to explore, discover and share knowledge.

Royal Society Te Apārangi uses evidence-based information that will help us to understand the issues and make good decisions on what to do through public outreach, education, and by supporting the research community. Royal Society Te Apārangi also provide advice and information to government and the public on issues of public concern, and celebrate those at the top of their fields with medals, awards and prizes.

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Other Expedition Partners


Antarctica21 pioneered air-cruise expeditions in Antarctica, and know the region’s unique geography, natural history, wildlife, and ecology. The company was founded in Punta Arenas, the traditional gateway for the first Antarctic explorers. It remains an ideal base of operations.

Antarctica21 is a recognised leader in Antarctic travel, constantly developing and innovating their programs and operations. They are a core member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and consider every detail of planning and operations with the goal of minimising environmental impact.


Wild Earth Travel (booking agent)

Wild Earth Travel is owned and operated by expedition leaders with over 20 years’ experience voyaging, leading and creating expeditions all over the globe. Wild Earth works with over 50 operators to bring a range of destinations and itineraries to some of the world’s most remote and niche destinations.

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AIMHI network

The Trust is proud to partner with the AIMHI network of eight schools in South Auckland, New Zealand. Their students participate in a number of our programmes. We are delighted that two students from the AIMHI network will be joining the expedition as Inspiring Explorers™.

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Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate School

We are proud to continue our five-year partnership with Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate School (SEHC). Students from SEHC join us for our Inspiring Explorers™ programmes, including travelling to Antarctica with the Trust in 2019 and 2020.