contains numerous microclimates
making for varied and memorable experiences for guests.
Clothing lists and
methods to avoid discomfort are issued to guests before they arrive.
Expenditure for clothing is minimal as guests' wardrobes normally include
the required items.
Every 2 weeks, on average, a cold front sweeps from the
Antarctic engulfing the land with cold winds and rain (occasionally snow in
winter). These short bursts of energy are preceded by strengthening
warm dry winds on the east of the Alps and deluges to their west.
The cold fronts are then generally followed by extended periods of
(December - March) day temperatures usually range between 15oC and 28oC
- August) day temperatures range between 5oC and 15oC
NZ weather involves many microclimates
generally related to alpine and air flow influences.
follow and interpret weather maps throughout the tour while experiencing
their predictions. We can follow the causes of various items:- clouds , wind, snow, rain,
humidity, cyclonic and
anti cyclonic patterns, seasonal variations and
temperatures are all
Seasonal influences have large effects on vegetation wildlife
and human activities.
Vastly different microclimates
are created mainly by the Alpine divide and prevailing airflows. :-
Alpine snows, tundra deserts, world's wettest rainforests,
and moderating coasts,
With these we begin to
understand the effects on land, flora &
Regular falls of snow, fog and rain with mainly very cold temperatures make
these areas habitable only for a very select group of life forms. Erosion
rates are high here and seasons impact violently.
rainforests numerous flood prone rivers in the world's wettest microclimate.
Here 8 metres of rain with 80 metres of snow on the alps is common.
This is all created by the collision of the Roaring Forties and the towering
We see how aspects and locations affect the weather at different places.
We experience moderated temperatures and periods of strong salt
laded winds that affect the beaches and various coastal erosion and
Here we can experience both extremes of heat and cold, explore the poor
soils and the reasons for low rainfall rates that contribute to desert
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with current map & Satellite photos.
are recreated at the International Antarctic Centre just for the experience
Gain also a unique insight into the natural
sciences of polar climates