The following includes a list of ships and their role in Antarctica expeditions.
1955-1958 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (Support Party)
HMNZS Endeavour I November 1956 – February 1957
1956-1957 HMNZS Pukaki & Hawea undertook escort for Endeavour and then carried out scientific duties in the Southern Ocean.
1957-1958 New Zealand Antarctic Research programme
HMNZS Endeavour I November 1957- March 1958
HMNZS Kaniere visits Campbell Island
1962 – 1971 Scott Base Antarctic Operations
HMNZS Endeavour II from 1962 to 1971
HMNZS Endeavour II February 1971 – March 1971
At this point HMNZS Endeavour II was paid off from RNZN service. Since then no RNZN vessel has visited the Antarctic until 2011 when the OPV HMNZS Wellington went to the ice.