Hillary’s Hut: Virtual reality tour of explorer’s Antarctica base launched by PM

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Kiwis can now take a step back in time and explore Scott Base’s oldest building in Antarctica thanks to virtual reality. It is hoped thousands will gain an insight into how the 23 men of Sir Edmund Hillary’s team lived and worked more than 60 years ago by exploring his hut. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern launched the unique experience at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in south Auckland on Friday, four months after the initial launch was delayed by the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Sue Bassett/Antarctic Heritage TrustHillary’s Hut’s kitchen is one of five rooms which can be explored through virtual reality. Ardern, who experienced Hillary’s Hut herself in VR, said she did not feel dizzy afterwards or want to vomit, as she normally suffers from motion sickness. READ MORE:* Kapiti’s Randal Heke proud of Scott Base construction and restoration 60 years on* Antarctica NZ: 60 years of science at Scott Base* Antarctic Heritage Trust tractors cross the finish line for Sir Ed’s hut “I can assure you that won’t happen. I’ve tested it and even the most sensitive of constitutions was fine,” she said. “My hope is that by having this experience we bring you a little bit closer …

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