You can sail to Antarctica with Kiwi music legend Don McGlashan

In January 2026, Kiwi music legend Don McGlashan will sail to Antarctica with Heritage Expeditions. Join him on the bucket list voyage ‘In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton’ sailing into the heart of Antarctica.

The multi-award-winning musician and Arts Foundation Laureate behind hits ‘Dominion Road’, ‘Anchor Me’, and ‘Bathe in the River’ is joining the voyage as part of Heritage Expeditions ongoing support of the Arts Foundation, with Heritage Expeditions donating a stateroom on the same voyage to the Arts Foundation 2024 Digital Auction.

Don McGlashan working with Heritage Expeditions

Commercial Director and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ said the New Zealand-based, family-owned and operated expedition cruise company was honoured to be welcoming Don on board its luxurious, 140-guest flagship Heritage Adventurer for the adventure of a lifetime.

“Don is such an incredible talent and iconic New Zealand musician, to have him join us in this incredible part of the world is such a privilege,” said Aaron.

“Also, I can think of no better place for a Don McGlashan singalong of Kiwi anthem ‘Anchor Me’ than while exploring the world’s last true wilderness and heart of Antarctica the Ross Sea.”

Don is looking forward to returning to Antarctica, embracing his spirit of adventure and working on some new music and sharing some old favourites.

“In 2012 I received a fellowship to go to Scott Base. The base, the people there and all the history of human interaction with that austere and beautiful part of the world made a huge impression on me, and sparked off quite a few songs, at least one of which I’ve managed to finish and release – ‘Shackleton’ off my latest album Bright November Morning,” he said.

“Antarctica is utterly unique; a place so forbidding that humans have to work closely together to survive at all, and so fragile that nations have to work closely together to protect it. Of course, I also want to go because I love adventures, and I reckon I’d also love the chance to sit in my stateroom on board Heritage Adventurer and write songs for a while – when I’m not at the gunwale with my binoculars.”

You can sail with Don McGlashan

In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton – with Don McGlashan
28 Days | 10 January – 6 February 2026
Queenstown, return

Join Kiwi music legend Don McGlashan as you voyage into the heart of Antarctica via the Subantarctic Islands on an epic bucket list voyage steeped in history. Expeditions to Antarctica from New Zealand take you further south into the frozen continent than any other sea route. Join Heritage Expeditions’ team of expert biologists, geologists and historians. You will Zodiac cruise colossal ice shelves and icebergs, visit research stations, observe whales and seals, walk on the ice with Emperor Penguins and step inside the preserved historic huts of Shackleton and Scott.

Exploring the Ross Sea and Antarctica by zodiac
Exploring the Ross Sea by zodiac © Heritage Expeditions

Heritage Expeditions

Every year Heritage Expeditions cruises with small groups of between 18 and 140 intrepid travellers to some of the most unique and remote islands, coasts and shorelines on earth. The fleet of expedition ships includes Heritage Adventurer and Heritage Explorer, and voyages range from 5 to 29 days. Founded in 1984 by the Russ family in Christchurch, Heritage Expeditions is Australasia’s only family-owned and operated small-ship expedition cruise company. Contributing to conservation through experiential learning and providing funds for research and management, they are pioneers in environmentally-responsible expedition travel offering intimate group excursions to Antarctica and the Subantarctic Islands, through the Pacific, Asia, Australia’s Kimberley coast and around New Zealand on their purpose-built expedition ships.