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“Fantastic place to take the kids”

International Antarctic Centre
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Christchurch Snow and Kiwi Tour
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Christchurch City Sightseeing - Must See Three Attractions
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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!
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

It is expensive for two adults and one child but it was a great experience for our grandchild who was visiting from hot Oz! he loved the cold of the exhibits as it is a novelty for him, and one of the little blue penguins "escaped" the enclosure when a staff member was working there and waddled out onto the carpet right up to us - magic for a small boy! Staff are very friendly and helpful. Lots to see but not somewhere that I would go on a regular basis as it is a bit dear.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Although it seemed a little over priced, the Antarctic Centre is a must visit experience. It certainly is an experience rather than an attraction. We took our grandchildren, and they loved it, and could have stayed there all day. The blizzard room was most popular with them, a trifle cold for us olds, but we still enjoyed it immensely. Well worth the money, as we could stay as long as we wanted, and there was much to interest both young and old alike. The Cafe was a tad expensive, but with careful planning we didn't have to mortgage the house to feed the children, so it was a pleasant end to our visit.
I would recommend the Antarctic Centre to anyone, well worth a trip, a totally amazing experience.

Thank Denise S
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

As a total package it would be hard to beat. The blizzard is amazing, baby penguins fascinating, the 4D movie experience worth every dollar and the Hagland ride great fun. A marvellous way to entertain children and adults alike.

Thank ChrisChristchurch
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a really interesting place to visit. The penguins are very cute. There is a simulated blizzard experience which gives a good idea of the conditions in Antarctica and the Hogglun ride is quite different. Would recommend if you have time go there - it is unique to Christchurch.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

I took my two grandsons aged 7 and 4. They loved the penguins, the hoglund ride and the 4D movie. We thought we would be there for about 2-3 hours but ended up 4hours. it was quite expensive but worthwhile. Friendly helpful start and even the shop provided inexpensive treats and souvenirs.

Thank Judy J
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