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

This was one an excellent experience. We started our tour with a 10minute haggland rise witch was so much fun that I wanted to go again. They also had huskies out that we were able to interact with. We also had a backstage tour which...More

1  Thank kylie p
Reviewed 5 days ago

A Haggelund ride, icy Antarctic snow storm, 4-d movie and watching the blue penguins being fed are some of the activities to look forward to whilst visiting this centre. It is a family friendly environment that has an appeal for all age groups. An excellent...More

Thank Gogomarlin
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a great experience whether you want to take your family or you're visiting from overseas. The penguins are delightful they have been rescued and there are a few characters in the collection! Be prepared to freeze as you don Artic clothing in the...More

Thank Vegetarianherione
Reviewed 6 days ago

I enjoyed the Centre a great deal.You can learn a lot about Antarica. I was there for the penguin feeding and that was very interesting too

Thank Sandra D
Reviewed 1 week ago

quite pricy but worth a visit just for the ride on the Hunglan and the free shuttle bus driver was very helpful when we were taken into Christchurch dropped us off close to our motel and gave directions

Thank janetwilcu
Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting way to spend your time waiting for a flight. as its only ten minutes walk from the airport terminal. The Haggelund ride is a highlight, but if you're claustrophobic or get travel sick easily then give it a miss! Plan on spending a...More

Thank tinytrev
Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our Antarctic experience!!!!..very worthwhile!!!!..the penguin feeding was a wonderful highlight AAA++++++++

Thank hatbox2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were so impressed with this tourist attraction. It is located near the airport and is well signposted. It has a huge carpark and a great cafe with nice food. The cafe is open before the centre opens so we were able to have something...More

Thank ScotsguyKiwigirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not huge, but well laid laid out with a variety of things to see and do. The Hugglands ride was certainly the highlight and the penguin feeding was great for the informative talk. There are 2 different 4-D movies and you can view both. Quite...More

1  Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent activity for all ages. Loved the skogland(spelling?) ride. The penguins were worth the trip all on their own.

Thank NickTP679
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30 December 2016|
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Response from Paul W | Reviewed this property |
2-3 hours
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
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.