The southern continent has lost about three trillion tonnes of ice since 1992 and scientists say the window of opportunity to prevent major meltdown of the icesheets is narrowing
Madeline Graham has headed to the ice, after a final rehearsal in Christchurch in the midst of the heatwave.
The balloons will help track the volatile continent's extreme conditions and develop better models for our own weather.
The restoration work is completed 60 years to the day since the NZ flag was raised for the first time at Scott Base.
The group set off from Christchurch this morning to take part in an event for the 60th anniversary of Scott Base.