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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%
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38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-357 0519
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a well worth visit with wealth of information and great experience. The blizzard simulation was well worth it just as the ride in the arctic vehicle. Highly recommended.

Thank Filip K
Reviewed 2 days ago

Some great stuff in here and very interesting but not enough going on for the price. They say its in line with all attractions....but its not, Christchurch doesn't have that many and the museum at Canterbury is free! The issue is not enough to entertain...More

Thank Jackie E
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our bus driver left two cruise passengers at this suburban Christchurch site, 80 km from our Princess cruise ship. They had little chance of getting back before it sailed. He closed the bus door and drove away. He ignored other passengers who plead that we...More

Thank Weldon C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Interesting information about Antarctica and exploration. Simulated blizzard and cold room give insight into conditions in the frozen continent. Blue penguins are cute and watcing them being fed is hilarious with Squirt the naughty penguin pushing others into the pond to steal fish. 4D movie...More

Thank Jane B
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a wonderful place to visit. Would love to travel to Antarctica - this is almost the next best thing. So much history, so many displays and interactive things. Go into the Antarctic storm (so cold); ride in one of the big tractors over...More

Thank iam5695
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wowzers! A great family attraction. We spent about 2.5 hours here and saw penguins, huskies (which we got to pat), went on a huggle ride (pretty cool Antarctic vehicle), experienced an Antarctic snow storm (rugged up but still cold), walked around all the exhibitions and...More

Thank Deb B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lots of fun for the family. You can learn a lot about the the Antarctic area, the animals that live there, and how the scientists work and live. They have small penguin placards with info for the kids. You can put on a coat to...More

1  Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 6 days ago

We didn't really know what to expect and were very happy with the Centre. We learned a lot about the expeditions in the Antarctic -- most of which start from here. Including almost all of the expeditions from the US. A fun stop -- and...More

Thank profginsburg
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I was a bit apprehensive about this due to the cost, but was lucky to find a Book me deal for the week we were in ChCh which made it about half price. It was a glorious sunny day when we went which seemed a...More

Thank Kathrryn
Reviewed 6 days ago

On a rainy day in Christchurch, we ventured out to the International Antarctic Centre, not sure what to expect. To our amazement, we spent several hours here experiencing a Hagglund off-road vehicle ride, seeing Little Blue Penguins, rugging up to face a simulated Antarctic storm...More

Thank Hatfia
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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 |
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