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International Antarctic Centre

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Address: 38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-357 0519
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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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A great way to see how things have changed over the years for the people going down to the Antarctic and how cold it gets in the simulator, A great and interesting centre ,a must... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
ThaiTraveller2015
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Melbourne, Australia

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Toowoomba, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

wondered what we were doing here but soon found out what its all about.very good info about everything and blizzard room was out of this world.penguin show was good but the museum walk was great.very informative in a good way.must do.

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Darfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The staff were excellent and LOVE their job :-) While a wee bit pricey - we have lived in Chch for 15 years and the children had been while at school - we had never been. Loved every moment of it - It took us nearly 4 hours to do what we wanted to do going back and forth. So... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great way to see how things have changed over the years for the people going down to the Antarctic and how cold it gets in the simulator, A great and interesting centre ,a must to do when in Christchurch

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Navi Mumbai, India
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a few hours to kill before a flight, this place is at 5 minutes walking distance from Christchurch airport. Very informative, great place for kids and adults alike.

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Victoria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on the recommendation of a friend, and were really pleased that we did. There has obviously been a lot of work put into this centre to make it interactive and interesting. We really enjoyed seeing the penguins and learning about them, and the all-terrain vehicle ride was fun!

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Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went on a cruise tour to this centre and it was a lot of fun. We started off with a short but fun ride in the Hagglund (the vehicles they use in Antarctica) going over small gaps and up and down steep hills and through water. We experienced sub -8'C degrees in the Antarctic storm room where we had... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Absolutely loved the Antarctica Simulator, also learning about the history and the daily life of those in Antarctica. The Penguins were also a highlight. The tour guides are extremely knowledge and very passionate about their job.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I would aboslutely recommend this place to anyone. The prices were a bit steep to get into the attraction itself.

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole time we spent there. One of the best attractions I have spent time at here and overseas.

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visiting the International Antarctic Centre you learn a lot about the Antarctic and penguins. There is also a room where you can experience a storm. It is very cold but they provide uniforms . There is also a coffee shop , a shop with souvenirs . It is also museum with items of the Antarctic exploration.

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