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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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9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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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Our young children were bored while dad was having a detailed history lesson. Penguins were lively, and the 4d movie (the kids one) was a good leg break. The Haagland buggy trip... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Toowoomba, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and highly recommend it for all ages. The interactive nature of some of the shows was so much fun - the Haggland ride, the movie, penguins & the blizzard. Well worth the dosh

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We are locals and unfortunately decided to go this during the school holidays. It was insanely busy because they had a holiday programme running. There were kids running around everywhere. We went early and timed it right for the shows, when one finished another started. But it was a rush to get from one to the other at times. As... More 

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Toowoomba, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our young children were bored while dad was having a detailed history lesson. Penguins were lively, and the 4d movie (the kids one) was a good leg break. The Haagland buggy trip was the highlight. Staff were pleasant and the venue well presented.

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Te Puke, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Antarctic Centre is fun, but wow is it looking pretty dated. We got in as ChCh residents and so got a discount which was good because I'd have been a bit disgruntled if I'd paid full price.

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Thank Palmytaff
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

nice antartic centre. penguins were really cute the ride was a great experience, the "blizzard experience" was epic. would recommend to friends. maybe the staff just need to be more nice and helpful?

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Thank HenryJr V
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great time every visit. Remember to let them know you are a Christchurch resident and you will get a discounted rate.

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Thank Southern_Belle101
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great day out with my friends here. Really friendly and super helpful staff, and lots of fun interactive things to do. It definitely exceeded my expectations. The free ride to get there and back into the cbd made it an even bigger pull! Thanks guys keep it up 🙂

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Thank Jemma D
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place had plenty of interactive attractions all of which the four of us thoroughly enjoyed. We even used the free shuttle that took you to the centre of town and back. The driver, Graham, was very personable and knowledgeable.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is worth a visit and has some interesting aspects to it (like the penguins, cold room and the ride on snow cat-type vehicles), but somehow did not impress us deeply. The ride is jolting so stay away if you have back or neck weaknesses. The layout is confusing.

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

You don't need to be a kid to enjoy this exhibit! We weren't even planing on visiting the center (we had seen some negative reviews on Tripadvisor), but poor weather caused us to change our plans and we are thankful that this gave us a chance to learn about Antarctica (I didn't know that Sir Hilary not only was the... More 

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