A timelapse video of Hillary's Hut at Scott Base has captured three months restoration work which has just been completed today on the official 60th birthday of Scott Base and New Zealand's permanent presence on Antarctica.
The hut was erected as part of the Trans Antarctic Expedition (TAE) under the command of British explorer Sir Vivian Fuchs with Sir Edmund Hillary and his team in support.
Sir Ed would famously get his crew to the South Pole on Massey tractors ahead of Fuchs who was travelling from the other side of the continent.
A team of 10 working under the Antarctic Heritage Trust have been on the ice since October restoring every aspect of the hut and have hit their deadline of January 20, 2017 – 60 years to the day since the New Zealand flag was raised officially for the first time at Scott Base.
The work has cost around one million dollars with nearly $600,000 raised during last year's tractor trek from Piha to Aoraki Mt Cook, and the remainder from other fundraising by the Heritage Trust and a contribution from the New Zealand Government.
Today's birthday is being marked by staff at the base with a special morning tea and a chance to see through the restored hut.