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“Great day in the snow.”

International Antarctic Centre
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$43.30*
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International Antarctic Center General Admission...
Ranked #23 of 257 things to do in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed February 19, 2013

A good place to spend time with the family, especially if you are from the warmer climates. There are a lot of activities based around snow and the Antarctic exploration. The ride in the Hagland vehicle is also a lot of fun.

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Reviewed February 12, 2013 via mobile

Sounded interesting thought $35 per person was reasonable however turns out its $35 I won't be getting be getting back! We spent a grand total of 30 mins there. A lot of the attractions were broken I.e. movies and wall displays. Penguins were cute however only 1 floating in the water to look at. Coats extra for any future attractions I.e. 4d movie and snow vehicle ride. Wouldn't suggest visiting.

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

It was easy to spend a full morning here as there is so much information to take in. We enjoyed the ride on the Hagglund tractor as well as the 4D experience. However it was the quality and variety of the information that kept us fascinated. The lunch at the restaurant was good value.

Thank RosemaryLT
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Very good. There's an awful lot history and information crammed in to what is essentially quite a small space - the displays are fascinating, some unusual and all very clever. Star attraction though just has to be the Blue Penguins especially if, like me, you failed to see the genuine wild ones on the coast. The snowstorm room does what it says on the label - and yes, it is very cold in there! There is, of course the usual gift shop and cafe, both very good and not as expensive as some others. Worth a look but pricey even without paying extra for the film and the snowcat ride!

Thank Andrew S
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Lots to see and do. Plenty of information. Make sure you see the penguins being fed, as this was really interesting.
Lots of films to watch and interactive things for children.

Thank Dave_Slough
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