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International Antarctic Centre

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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38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-357 0519
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Brilliant place to visit while in Christchurch very enjoyable they even have some blue penguins and a few haaglunds (don't know if I've spelt that right) that they take you out in on an obsticle course

Thank Jake E
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A wonderful real life experience of being at Antartica. This will blow you away. I've been several times it never disappoints.

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were very dissapointed in this place. We went to see the huskys and were really looking forward to it we decided to just buy the standard passes as we asked the lady at the desk what you get for the extra tickets it didn't...More

Thank Michaelaandjosh
Reviewed 1 week ago

he International Antarctic Center is a great place to checkout and spend 2-3 hours prior to leaving Christchurch. It's just a 5/10 minute walk from the Christchurch Airport and even has a cute cafe you can eat at rather than eating pricey food at the...More

Thank ArghyaKolkata
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had finished our holiday, and had sometime to spare before taking the camper van back and flying back to Perth the next day, so we decided to go next door to the Antartic centre, we went in and purchased our tickets we decided to...More

Thank Guru652015
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a kind of outrageous fun informative place to go to learn and experience and see what really happened and is happening at present in the Antarctic. Pretty amazing place. Very cool to feel the temperature in the simulator.

Thank Boobaby62
Reviewed 1 week ago

My visit to the International Antarctic Centre was very fun, probably the most fun thing was the Hagglund ride. I also really enjoyed going through an antarctic blizzard. I would recommend wearing warm clothes. It was a very informative trip and I learned about the...More

Thank Rebbeca14
Reviewed 1 week ago

The International Antartic Center has all the things you need to know about Antartica starting with their vehicle named Hagglund, penguin babies, videos on Antartica, 4d viewing experience, Snow storm experience, Stimulator ride, etc, etc. It is near the airport and a must watch in...More

Thank 868malharm
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place for the family. Some great activities and the odd surprise. Kids had a great time as did we. Right at the airport it's great for a first or last activity before/after arriving or departing. Food in the cafe was fairly limited but...More

Thank David E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited in the first week of June 2017 during our stay at Chirstchurch. Amazing experience and feel of Antarctica Ocean. Lots of information you shall get here of the Ocean. super ride on the roller and experience the temperature of Antarctic whilst you are here....More

Thank ketkif
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how long should you plan to spend at Antarctic Center
30 December 2016|
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Response from Paul W | Reviewed this property |
2-3 hours
Do they provide coats at the Antarctic Center?
19 December 2016|
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Response from annur2001 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they provide coats for kids and adults. Also, provide shoes cover before entering the antarctic strom room
How long does the Penguin Backstage Tour take?
10 May 2016|
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Response from pomlee | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I didn't do that part of the tour as I've often seen penguins nearer home. However, penguins are such delightful creatures I recommend you make time to visit them.