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International Antarctic Centre

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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  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“snow storm” (174 reviews)
“penguin feeding” (157 reviews)
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38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-357 0519
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a kind of outrageous fun informative place to go to learn and experience and see what really happened and is happening at present in the Antarctic. Pretty amazing place. Very cool to feel the temperature in the simulator.

Thank Boobaby62
Reviewed 1 week ago

My visit to the International Antarctic Centre was very fun, probably the most fun thing was the Hagglund ride. I also really enjoyed going through an antarctic blizzard. I would recommend wearing warm clothes. It was a very informative trip and I learned about the...More

Thank Rebbeca14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The International Antartic Center has all the things you need to know about Antartica starting with their vehicle named Hagglund, penguin babies, videos on Antartica, 4d viewing experience, Snow storm experience, Stimulator ride, etc, etc. It is near the airport and a must watch in...More

Thank 868malharm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great place for the family. Some great activities and the odd surprise. Kids had a great time as did we. Right at the airport it's great for a first or last activity before/after arriving or departing. Food in the cafe was fairly limited but...More

Thank David E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited in the first week of June 2017 during our stay at Chirstchurch. Amazing experience and feel of Antarctica Ocean. Lots of information you shall get here of the Ocean. super ride on the roller and experience the temperature of Antarctic whilst you are here....More

Thank ketkif
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So many highlights, can't recommend highly enough. Children 6 & 8 loved it as well as adults. Very interactive, can be done at own pace. Something for everyone. Loved penguin feeding, snow storm and ride in Antarctic machines.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to learn about Antartica. The ride in the special vehicle was fun. 4D movie was ok. Overall pretty pricey so I'm glad I saw someone use a "Grabone" coupon in front of me because I then went online and bought the coupon myself...More

Thank BrixNZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While I agree with some other reviews that it is very pricey, we attended only because of a "GrabOne" special half price offer (otherwise we would have not gone). So at the price we paid it was well worth it and after going thru I...More

Thank Todd M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have wanted to visit here for a while and am glad that we have done so now. Very interesting and something for everyone to do and enjoy. Great place to visit on a cold and rainy day! Walking distance from airport and well worth a...More

Thank Hol1dayMaker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great way to spend an afternoon. Many interesting displays suitable for all ages. Wheelchair friendly, though in the storm area it is better to drag backwards than push forward. The Huggland ride was a blast. Reduced entry fee for citizens of Christchurch with ID...More

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how long should you plan to spend at Antarctic Center
December 29, 2016|
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Response from Paul W | Reviewed this property |
2-3 hours
Do they provide coats at the Antarctic Center?
December 18, 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
How long does the Penguin Backstage Tour take?
May 9, 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.