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International Antarctic Centre

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38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-357 0519
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It's the ultimate Antarctic adventure! Experience the dramatic seasonal lighting in the four seasons of Antarctica show where it 'snows' every 6 minutes. Venture out on to 'the ice' from Scott Base to play in 'Antarctica' the snow & ice experience and survive an Antarctic storm! How long can you hold your hand in the icy Antarctic water? Hang out with Little Blue Penguins, buckle up for the famously exciting Hagglund ride, take an awesome simulated 4D Antarctic cruise, watch Happy Feet 4D, then watch a stunning movie on a MASSIVE screen! It's the closest you'll get to Antarctica without mounting your own expedition!
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  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-357 0519
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Reviewed yesterday

With an overnight stay at the Sudima Hotel near Christchurch Airport and our flight not leaving till late afternoon the International Antarctic Centre was the obvious choice to lose some time. I thought the admission price was expensive although we did receive a travelers discount...More

Thank Retiredwino
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had an unplanned day in Christchurch and this seemed to be the best way to spend it - got an experience of Antarctica in 3 hours. They have a Haglund ride, a snow-storm enclosure with an igloo, little blue penguins and 4D short movies....More

Thank Bhavna20
Reviewed 2 days ago

You need quite a lot of time to see all of the exhibits and to participate in the various activities-3 hours is suggested and I only had 2 hours to spare.I also had to compete with various school groups rushing about the exhibition.The various displays...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must see. And leave yourself plenty of time to see it all. Two 4D movies, penguins swimming, freezing cold water and a room to get an idea of being in Antarctica. Located next door to the Sudima Airport Hotel and has an...More

Thank Fburgfoodie
Reviewed 3 days ago

Not far from Christchurch airport. Experience the temperature of the cold room brrrr View the Penguins and listen to the keepers tell you all about their individual survival stories Experience a ship ride to the Antarctic in the 4D cinema Pet a husky All of...More

Thank Sandra K
Reviewed 4 days ago

It's worth to see it. It's next to the ChCh Airport, just 5-10 min to walk. A lot discover is possible ther about the antarctica and our planet. You can see there also the smallest penguin on earth.

Thank joehl
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was booked as part of a tour activity and was expecting something a bit different. It was informative in parts but I felt was more like a small based theme park activity. They suggested about 2 to 3 hours for the visit but to...More

Thank Irene L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Love the centre! We visited 10 years ago with our children and came back to bring our grandchild and she loved it! I do need to mention though that there are no lunch options that are gluten free in the cafe (a brownie in the...More

Thank Sharlene H
Reviewed 5 days ago

this place is cool but nothing to crazy. hagglund ride was fun even thou it was over before you no it as well as the antarctic storm where u go into a cool room and big fans turn on to make it colder i was...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 6 days ago

once you are enter in this premises you are going to get different experience, guides are too good, place is also a good, take experience of (-) 15 temp with cold wave, they are going to provide woolen jacket and shoes for the same, we...More

Thank hkoza
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31 October 2017|
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Response from johnC4806NT | Reviewed this property |
I'm pretty certain they have lockers or a luggage storage room. Its only a 5 min walk from the International Terminal so if you checked in early you could leave your bags at the airport.
Zheyun Z
5 October 2017|
Response from IntAntarcticCentre | Property representative |
Hi There, Yes an Australian Student ID is valid to purchase a student ticket. Thanks, Lisa
30 December 2016|
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Response from Paul W | Reviewed this property |
2-3 hours