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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!
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“hagglund ride” (339 reviews)
“snow storm” (206 reviews)
“penguin feeding” (179 reviews)
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38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
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+64 3-357 0519
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"hagglund ride"
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"snow storm"
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"penguin feeding"
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"blue penguins"
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"storm room"
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"cold room"
in 56 reviews
"wind chill"
in 45 reviews
"antarctic experience"
in 31 reviews
"terrain vehicle"
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"d movie"
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"close to the airport"
in 29 reviews
"obstacle course"
in 22 reviews
"all ages"
in 123 reviews
"free shuttle"
in 34 reviews
"christchurch airport"
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"great fun"
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Reviewed yesterday

We came through with a group of nurses from the Philippines and India for our fun day excursion. We have offered many different day trips for our groups in the past but nothing as awesome as this. Our educational leader Gabrielle was fantastic and we...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nice exhibit about Antartica. Must see if you are in the area. They have a nice gift shop and a cafe too.

Thank NYnick1
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had a few hours before my flight home to Australia so I spent a few hours at the International Antarctic Centre. The husky dogs stile the show - I was able to pat them. The penguins were very cute. The 4D theatre was a...More

Thank Andrea G
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well worth spending the $$. Had a fantastic time here with our 2 girls. The snow vehicles, Hagglunds, were great fun, the information on Antartica and its explorers was really interesting, the Blizzard room was entertaining and the rescue penguins and rescue Huskies were gorgeous...More

Thank Joanna B
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit to learn about the Antarctic. There are some cool activities so make sure you do them all as it is pretty pricey if you don't. The storm and the ride in the outside Antarctic trucks is very cool so make sure...More

Thank Kim S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We arrived late in the day so were given a discounted ticket as they closed in an hour. Did see the yellow eyed penguins in their little cages, but there were not very active and did not go out for a feeding while we visited....More

Thank HIB306
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Love this place so interesting, staff are great, have taken the grand children several times they love it, but, perhaps time for a an up date in visual effects and experience effects technology

Thank Marie L
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The place is small but kids can learn a lot in there and can have little fun watching movies about Antarctica and Hagglund was the major attraction. Penguins were there but only three, little disappointed. You can get a free shuttle from Botanic Gardens (city...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We realized how little we knew about the history of Antarctia and present day research activities. Give yourself plenty of time, at least three hours, as there is lots of interesting reading. If you have children, don't miss the penguin feeding!

Thank Judy S
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The kids loved this place. They got to experience a ride in the Haggalund and the snow storm with -8 degrees. The little blue penguins were too cute. Worth a trip

Thank Richa K
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hannahclare2018
15 April 2018|
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Response from Jane H | Reviewed this property |
We bought ours on site
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AndraYo
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.
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Zheyun Z
5 October 2017|
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Response from IntAntarcticCentre | Property representative |
Hi There, Yes an Australian Student ID is valid to purchase a student ticket. Thanks, Lisa
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