The Russian ship that became stuck in Antarctic ice for two weeks has sailed into a New Zealand harbour.
The Akademik Shokalskiy, which became stranded in heavy ice in the Antarctic on Christmas Eve, arrived at South Island's Bluff harbour on Tuesday morning.
The icebreaker managed to break free of the ice on January 7, exactly two weeks after it became stuck with 52 passengers, most of them Australians, on board.
Those passengers, which included scientists, tourists and journalists, were rescued by helicopter after being stranded for more than a week.
The Chinese icebreaker, Xue Long, which came to the aid of the stricken Akademik Shokalskiy and used its helicopter to rescue the 52 passengers before it too was trapped by the ice, also broke free on January 7.
The passengers were transferred to an Australian icebreaker, Aurora Australis, which is expected to dock in Hobart on January 20.
The Akademik Shokalskiy will spend four days in New Zealand and is scheduled to sail from Bluff on January 18, according to South Port's shipping movements.