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International Antarctic Centre

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Address: 38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
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+64 3-357 0519
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09:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
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It's the ultimate Antarctic adventure! Experience the dramatic seasonal...

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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We loved it. The Hagglund ride was a blast and we had such fun. Looking at everything about Antarctica was fascinating and informative. The storm room was great just really... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Perhaps the most memorable part of our visit was the experience in the cold room where the temperature was taken down to very low values and it gave us a real feeling of actually being in the Antarctic. Apart from that there was the possibility to meet and pet husky dogs, see little blue penguins, explore the equipment used in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've wanted to go to Antarctica for over a decade now, this place only makes me want to go more. There is a lot of activities here and you can easily spend 4hrs here.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a very nice activity to do, specially considering it's walking distance from the airport. We checked in our luggage and then walked over. Our kid had a blast. However the person driving Hagglund was simply rude with us and left a sour taste for the whole experience for us.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Recommend spending a bit extra to buy the pass which includes the Hagglund ride and 4D movies. The Hagglund ride was my favorite. The driver showed us many capabilities of the rover which proved to be exhilarating for me. The centre is packed full of information about not only New Zealand's but other countries explorations and endeavors. We loved the... More 

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Thane, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great experience going into storm room where one feels chilled having temp of - 8 deg with wind chilled factor it goes to - 18 deg when they blow air to get feel of storm at Antarctic. They give you a jacket with hood to wear to enter storm room. You get real feel of Antarctic weather. Great watching Penguins... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very good, better than expected. Excellent presentations, films and ride. If want to watch penguins being fed, check time and be there early.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The shuttle driver is another informative experience on the way. Always something to learn about the city The storm was not too bad wearing all the gear!!Hold on for the tractor ride! A lot of exhibits and some time needed to read the info.Well worth a visit

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We loved it. The Hagglund ride was a blast and we had such fun. Looking at everything about Antarctica was fascinating and informative. The storm room was great just really cold. The penguins are cute and fun to watch at feeding time. The 4D movie is worth a look. We even had a laugh at each other as we dressed... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Been here several times as reside in Christchurch ... this is an attraction of International standards ... its just like being on " the ice ",without the expense of being there ... u get to see what the explorers and scientists see and also experience the "little Blue Penguins" .. have a ride on the Haaglands as they are an... More 

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Hunter Valley, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to get a real taste of Antartica. Lots to see and do. The all terrain vehicle ride was great. So to was the "cold" room. Great for all ages.

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