International Antarctic Centre

International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch: Hours, Address, International Antarctic Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

International Antarctic Centre

International Antarctic Centre
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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!
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Admission tickets
from NZ$49.00
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Kiwiscot
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Family
We visited and did the VIP penguin experience. Staff were so friendly, we had the best day thank you
Written 16 April 2022
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RealNZsales
Thank you for coming! We're so glad you enjoyed the VIP penguin experience. Hopefully the little penguins were on their best behaviour. :)
Written 20 April 2022
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zhuhai2007
Christchurch, New Zealand48,489 contributions
Apr 2022
Embarrassed to say I had never been before - waiting for my grandchildren to be old enough to enjoy it - and they certainly di. It was MUCH better than I was expecting. Without planning, we timed our visit just right & went straight onto the Haagland ride which was just scary enough give an adrenaline rush. Superb staff made sure we saw everything. Straight on to Penguin feeding , then the "4-D" theatre which enthralled the kids. Highlight for the kids was patting the huskies.
Written 8 April 2022
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RealNZsales
You're never too old for the Antarctic Centre! There's an experience for everyone (but the huskies are always a crowd favourite). Thank you for bringing the family to visit. It was lovely meeting you.
Written 20 April 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,373 contributions
Dec 2021
The International Antarctic Centre is on the outskirts of Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand's South Island, There are lots of things to do; among the most interesting sights are the Blue Penguins. You can take a ride in the Hagglunds, which are all-terrain vehicles, used in Antartica. The International Antarctic Centre is well worth a visit; allow hal a day.
Written 10 March 2022
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RealNZsales
Thank you so much for your review. There is so much to do at the International Antarctic Centre and it sounds like you covered it all.
Written 21 April 2022
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Christine Gibsob
2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
A great place to visit. We did the VIP backstage pass which was so worth it. A must see when in Christchurch.
Written 8 March 2022
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RealNZsales
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Great to hear you enjoyed the VIP backstage pass as well as it does give you a good look at the penguin habitat.
Written 21 April 2022
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flyingeagle2223
Dunedin, New Zealand317 contributions
Jan 2022
I absoulety loved coming here, was one of the main things me and my friends wanted to do when we planned our christchurch trip. The whole thing was just amazing, even getting to have an included ride on the Huggland which I found so much fun and would ride those so many times again.
I loved the penguins and especially the little husky puppies <3
Written 27 February 2022
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Roberta B
16 contributions
Feb 2022
We had not been here before, in all our times we have visted Christchurch. It is well worth a visit, although we did feel that it was a little too expensive. The 4D movie is really good. We spend a good while walking around this complex The Antarctic Storm room was good, really really cold.
Written 21 February 2022
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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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cpcog
Wellington, New Zealand1,329 contributions
Jan 2022
This is a place suitable for everyone! It is entertaining and informative. You can learn a lot about Antarctic by different activities.
Don't forget to bring the student ID card if the kids are over 15 years old. It will be $20 cheaper!
The staffs at the counter are very friendly and welcoming.
After getting the tickets, the first thing to do would be Hägglund Field Trip. My daughter likes this 10-minute ride very much. She found it is exciting and fun.
Once you enter the entrance, you will be asked to take photos in 2 poses. Free digital photos can be received at the end of the visit. If you want, you can have the print out photos with some money.
Then, it will be the husky area. There were 4 husky dogs on our visit. We are asked to pat them carefully. Only one bubble is allowed every time. So, we couldn't stay with the dogs for too long while we don't want the other waiting. In fact we would love to return to the husky area but it seems we better follow the route of the visit.
The Storm Dome is an interesting experience for us too. It is always -8C inside without the storm. When the storm is coming, the temperature will drop to -18C! The sound of the storm was rather scary in my opinion. I don't want to experience real snow storm! Remember to bring your own coats or jackets! Due to covid, guests won't have any jackets to borrow as before. If you want to stay inside for a longer time, maybe you should prepare gloves and scarf as well. Everyone must wear the shoe covers before going in.
4D theatre was ok but not the best honestly. Anyway, it was still cool to watch the "movie" with some effects, as water and movement.
After the 4D theatre, the staff would lead people to the penguin escape directly (3pm). Although it was a busy day, we could still get a good spot to see the penguins swimming and eating. The guide would suggest everyone to go to another spot to see the feeding section afterward. She explains a lot about the penguins. She has very good knowledge to share.
There were some other movies and information in different areas. So, people can spend a few hours in the Antarctic Centre.
While it is closed to the airport, you may choose to go there after arriving Christchurch or just before leaving.
The tickets are not cheap but I think it is worth to go. There should be penguin encounter but it was fully booked on our visit day. If you really want to get closer to the penguins, I suggest you to book the tickets online before going.
Written 4 January 2022
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Lathkill
Auckland Central, New Zealand1,090 contributions
Dec 2021
Very informative about a very wide range of subjects. Plenty for everyone to enjoy. Try out the 4D theatre.
Written 2 January 2022
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BecsGNZ
Auckland, New Zealand85 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Great experience. Easy to get to by public transport. Make sure you see 4D film. It’s worth the wait. Seeing the huskies was amazing.
Written 31 December 2021
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International Antarctic Centre is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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