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International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket provided by International Antarctic Centre

International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket

International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
1–5 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    1–5 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1-5 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, Chinese, French, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1-5 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, Chinese, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 25294P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • International Antarctic Center Admission Ticket
  • Entry/Admission - International Antarctic Centre
Exclusions
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
Duration
1–5 hours
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Hagglund Rides: We do not recommend this ride for visitors with heart conditions, back or neck pain or if pregnant
  • Children must be over 3 years old to ride the Hagglund and all children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Inclusions
  • International Antarctic Center Admission Ticket
  • Entry/Admission - International Antarctic Centre
Exclusions
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
Duration
1–5 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Hagglund Rides: We do not recommend this ride for visitors with heart conditions, back or neck pain or if pregnant
  • Children must be over 3 years old to ride the Hagglund and all children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 12 Apr 2022
A note from International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
Communal jackets for the storm room are no longer provided due to health & safety. Please bring weather appropriate gear.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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Victoria L
Adelaide, Australia25 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had a great time at the International Antarctic Center on our last afternoon in Christchurch. The location right next to the airport is so convenient. The highlight for us was watching the gorgeous blue penguins waddle and swim around their enclosure, plus the afternoon penguin talk and feeding session. The penguins live at the IAC because for various reasons (blindness, amputations, brain injury or partial paralysis) they are unable to ever be released back into the wild, as they would not survive. The huskies are also rescue pups who are always supervised by their handler, so it is great this place is not keeping intelligent animals in captivity for profit. The Hägglund ride and minus 18 degree wind chill experiences are also fun experices although you do have to keep an eye on your watch and you may have to share the snow dome with a massive tour group like we did. There was a lot to read and see, a novel way to spend a few hours before catching a flight. To save $$, definitely book in advance on the Book Me NZ website, because full price for adults is more than $50 each.
Written 22 January 2020
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Thanks for your excellent, detailed review of you time spent with us.
Written 26 January 2020
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klew97
San Rafael, CA89 contributions
Aug 2019
I like visiting science museums wherever I travel. Most have the classic exhibits - a meteorite chunk, animal/dinosaur models, plasma balls, and a room about the local flora and fauna. Here, you will also get to experience sub-freezing temperatures with real wind chill, go "off-roading" in a Hägglund, meet huskies and penguins, learn what explorers had to endure in an inhospitable environment, just to see what was out there, and plenty more to see and touch.

There is a free shuttle to/from the Canterbury Museum (in the city center) on a set schedule, a gift shop, and a reasonably priced cafe. It's practically across the street from the airport and adjacent to actual Antarctic research facilities.
Written 18 May 2020
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k2LoFlyaNZ
Lower Hutt, New Zealand402 contributions
Oct 2020
A great place to visit for all ages. If you time it properly you can get to experience the Hagglund ride as well as the penguin feeding without too much of a wait. Our Hagglund ride was at 14:40 and the penguin feeding at 15:30 and we sandwiched the 4D theatre in between. One negative is that with limited visitors currently the cafe was only offering limited offerings so don't plan on getting a meal there!
Written 15 October 2020
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Louise2153
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia46 contributions
Fantastic place to visit except the cafe

The cafe is disgraceful: they wanted to charge $5 for 100ml of cold milk for a toddler bottle. We would have eaten there after, didnt out of principal. Absoutely appaling even other patrons was like that isnt right!

It put down a great day down to to a bad experience.
Written 5 January 2022
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Cris A
1 contribution
Due to a technician creating an electrical fault there was a power cut during our visit. We were told by a lovely staff member that there would be a short delay to get things working again which was fine as they rescheduled the Hagglund ride to fill in time while we waited. We were also happy to watch the penguins for a while. However, after waiting over 50 minutes when I enquired if the 4D theatre was back online the lady at reception snapped back a incredibly short and rude reply. We were not offered a discount or refund nor kept informed on the continuing delay. I really feel that the $49 per adult ($98 for us two) was very pricy for the shortened experiences and rudeness. Had there been more communication and an offer of a refund it would have been a much happier experience.
Written 8 August 2021
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50StateVisitor
Randolph, NJ976 contributions
Oct 2019
Cinch up your belt and hold on, the Haaglund ride can be quite jarring; especially watch children’s heads on the interior vehicle walls. You can pet some retired Siberian Huskies outside of the entrance. The rescued penguin feeding was nice, but the staff had to repeatedly chastise kids disturbing the peace (where were their parents?). The 4-D Experience was a cheap ripoff of Disney ride. The Snow Dome windstorm wasn't worth the wait. The movie was about 15-minutes of disjoint spliced videos with no narration. Other exhibits were suitable for pre-teen children; bring some hand sanitizer to counteract all of the kids coughing and sneezing. I wouldn’t even recommend this place for a rainy day; despite the good work that they appear to be doing, it’s not worth the price of your admission.
Written 30 April 2020
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Thank you for sharing your feedback of your visit to the International Antarctic Centre. Sorry to hear that you were disappointed in your visit.
Written 3 May 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Howard A
Auckland, New Zealand201 contributions
Feb 2021
We arrived just in time for the morning feeding of the penguins. The custodian who was feeding them was very informative and amusing. She told us about the individual penguins and their personalities. She feed those who were happy to take fish from the water first before feeding those who were to nervous to do that. That included one little penguin who is scared of the water.
We
Written 5 April 2021
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ChrisNZontheroad
Mosgiel, New Zealand14 contributions
Jun 2020
This is one of the best family activities in Christchurch. Having been as a child it was great to be able to take my own child and nephew for the first time. We went on the very first weekend after lockdown and you would never have known it was closed. Staff were top notch and extremely helpful and knowledgeable and the area looked exactly the same as it had previously.

We got to enjoy the 4D movie which my nephew loved, watched the penguin feeding, the storm in the snow room, and our favourite part which was the Haglund ride.

I strongly recommend visiting while you are in Christchurch, especially if you have young children, our nephew couldn't stop talking about the place!
Written 21 July 2020
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BMLNewZealand
New Zealand334 contributions
Jun 2020
We arrived just after 9am on a Friday, so it was pretty quiet. Enjoyed the displays, reading about Antarctic and its inhabitants. Briefly saw one of the husky dogs on a lead, walking through the entrance with a staff member, not quite what I expected. Enjoyed the 4D movie, and penguin feeding. The ride in the Hagglund was great. The Blizzard room was a very interesting experience too - minus 18 degrees C! Brr. The cafe was obviously not up to full speed as a result of closure over Lockdown. 2 hours well spent.
Written 12 June 2020
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Nukamai
Arrowtown, New Zealand19 contributions
We had a great visit here. It was very quiet which was lovely for us. Very informative, interactive and good activity if you are looking for value for money and a fun time.
We upgraded and did the VIP Penguin tour and it was incredible, you get a behind the scenes look at the penguins, why they are here (injuries etc) we got a meet a penguin (there is no touching or feeding as they bite). Our host was super lovely and her passion for her job and her penguins was clear. Thank you for an immersive tour and a lovely day!
Written 2 December 2021
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Graham H
Graham H
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The Antarctic comes to New Zealand
Have you ever wanted to go South and experience the ice but can't afford the time or cost, well then visit the Cent
619jeffry
619jeffry
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Take a trip to Antarctica's centre
The International Antarctic Centre is on the outskirts of Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand's South I
twobob45
twobob45
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First time visit
We had not been here before, in all our times we have visted Christchurch. It is well worth a visit, although we d
KellyTunnicliffe1988
KellyTunnicliffe1988
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HUSKIES! Just do it!
So great! You get all the husky cuddles you could wish for! The behind the scenes tour was great, the staff are so
markfE205VA
markfE205VA
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Great for kids
Everything was great (from a 6yr old) When I asked her what was the best bit, she simply said everything…several ti
619jeffry
619jeffry
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Sampling life in the Antarctic
The International Antarctic Centre is in the suburbs of Christchurch, it is quite easy to get to. It provides an
irenanz
irenanz
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Set aside some time to spend here
Unfortunately we didn't have a lot of time to spend here as we were only in Christchurch for a short amount of time
MHfamily
MHfamily
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Really fun day
Our family loved our day here. Lots of things to do - the Haagland ride and the 4D movie we’re great. And definitel
Jared-Kiwi
Jared-Kiwi
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Behind the scenes
Booked online for the penguin behind the scenes experience, we arrived early and had a look though before doing the
619jeffry
619jeffry
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Visiting an Antarctic base
A visit to the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch is like visiting the frozen continent without leaving
M1836QPkeithh
M1836QPkeithh
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Great way to learn about the Antarctic
The best 5 hours we have spent for a long time. We took the VIP pass and our guide (Gabrielle) was just fabulous -
kirsten_alastair
kirsten_alastair
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Great link to another continent
We hadn’t been here since we were childless 15 years ago and it had changed heaps. The Haaglund ride is fab. Not to
betsyl105
betsyl105
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Don’t miss!
Well worth the visit! Kind of an off the beaten track museum out by the airport but, our group learned so much and
nzski2014
nzski2014
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Awesome
We visited the International Antarctic Centre. Saw the Little Blue Penguins being fed at 10:30 am. Hagglund is well
Jkms0316
Jkms0316
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Fun visit
Fun visit with some interesting attractions. The kids loved the dogs, the Argo ride, penguins and the snow storm ro
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