New Zealand explorers set to embark on adventure to cusp of the Antarctic Circle

A group of New Zealand explorers are about to embark on an adventure to the cusp of the Antarctic Circle.

Next week they'll travel to the remote island of South Georgia at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean where they're hoping to become just the second group - and the first from New Zealand - to summit a mountain named after another Kiwi explorer.

It might look like backyard antics, but knowing how to pull someone out of a crevasse could be life-saving.

Lydia Bradey and partner Dean Staples will lead 22 young explorers to South Georgia supported by the Antarctic Heritage Trust. They're marking the centenary year of Sir Ernest Shackleton's final expedition.

"Some of the 22 inspiring explorers are going to be based on the boat but doing outreach science, some are going to be doing outreach film," Bradey said.

A team of four will attempt to climb Mt Worsley, named after Kiwi explorer Frank Worsley.

They would be the first New Zealanders and just the second-ever group to summit.

"To climb a mountain that has been climbed but no one from your country has been on before you know is a certain amount of pride for sure," Staples said.

Arguably they will be guided by the best.

"I've climbed half of all of the 8000-metre peaks in the world including Everest nine times,"  Staples said.

"I'm the first woman in the world to climb Everest without oxygen way back in 1988," Bradey added.

Just getting to South Georgia will be a feat in itself. The group flies to Santiago next week. Then they catch flights to Punta Arenas and on to the Falkland Islands. From there they'll sail to the remote habitat.

For one of the young explorers, Sam West, the Antarctic region may feel a little like home.

"My grandfather was on the New Zealand Trans-Antarctic Expedition in the 1950s along with Sir Edmund Hillary," he said.

"And my uncle's also spent a lot of time in Antarctica flying helicopters so it kinda runs in the blood."

Packing for an adventure of a lifetime has already begun and it's serious business.

"Yeah getting there and triple-checking 'cause it's not somewhere where you can just go down to the shop and buy another pair of boots or whatever you've left behind," West said.

Instead, hoping to leave behind a new chapter in Kiwi Antarctic exploration.