Expedition underway to rid Antipodes Islands of pests

An expedition is underway to cleanse the remote Antipodes Islands from pests after Kiwi backing helped get it on the road.

The group will spend the coming winter on the island in the sub-Antarctic Sea after many Kiwis contributed to funding the journey. Source: 1 NEWS

A team of thirteen will make the trip in what will be the biggest island pest eradication program since the Campbell Islands in 2002.

There is no jetty at the antipodes, so helicopters carried on board ships will need to be assembled before being flown onto the island about 800km south of New Zealand.

The campaign has been led by the Morgan Foundation, and supported by WWF New Zealand and island Conservation.

Thousands of New Zealanders have donated to the cause, with about a quarter of a million dollars gifted.

"The public responded really well, they're fantastic, kids held their sausage sizzles and stuff like that," Morgan Foundation head Gareth Morgan said.

The operation will take somewhere between two and five months to complete.