Evacuated Antarctica tourist recovering in Christchurch
A woman is recovering in Christchurch Hospital after suffering a stoke on an Antarctic cruise.
A 66-year-old Dutch woman, who had the stroke during a cruise in the Ross Sea, touched down at Christchurch International Airport late on Wednesday after a six-hour flight.
She was evacuated on a C17 plane jointly operated by the United States Antarctic Program and Antarctic New Zealand.
"The plane left the ice with no problems with excellent weather down in Antarctica," Maritime New Zealand spokeswoman Sandra Ford said.
The woman was travelling on board the MV Ortelius, a cruise ship operated by Dutch-run cruise company Oceanwide Expeditions, when she fell ill early on Monday morning.
The ship was sailing in the Ross Sea off the Antarctic ice shelf, 3600 kilometres south of New Zealand, when the stroke happened.
The woman was treated by medical staff on the ship who recommended she be taken to New Zealand for further treatment.
She was flown by helicopter 100km from the cruise ship to McMurdo Station on Tuesday afternoon.
"She was transported to McMurdo station by MV Ortelius' own helicopter," Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand senior search and rescue officer Chris Henshaw said.
The woman was in a stable condition and was understood to be travelling alone.