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International Antarctic Centre
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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 August 14, 2014

This one is definitely the best museum we visited in New Zealand as there are so many things you can experience. My husband absolutely loved the Hagglund ride though I liked the Blue Penguins much better. ^^ You can also experience a summer storm in the Antarctic and learn a lot about the expeditions which went there. A must do!

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NickiD447, Manager at International Antarctic Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2014

Thank you for your review - we love top ratings! Happy you had a great time here

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Reviewed August 14, 2014

Nice exhibits. It seems a bit on the expensive side for me, but you do learn a lot. You really get an idea of what it's like in Antarctica. If you have never been to an acrtic or antarctice museum or intearctive museum, I would take the time to see this place.

Thank Amelia G
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NickiD447, Manager at International Antarctic Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2014

Thanks for taking the time to write your review. Glad you enjoyed your Antarctic experience. I hope you also got a chance to see the 4D shows and take the great Hagglund ride while you were here!

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Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you want a very interactive look at life & what is happening in the Antarctic this is very interesting ,plenty of options for all the family. (a little expensive I think)
Christchurch is the take off & return point for NZ ,USA & Italian operations.

Thank Richard G
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NickiD447, Manager at International Antarctic Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2014

Thanks for your review - we're very lucky to be able to offer this unique authentic Antarctic experience on a real Antarctic Campus in the Gateway to Antarctica, Christchurch NZ.

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Reviewed August 12, 2014

It's fascinating to learn about the Antarctic Centre and realize how close to the Antarctic you truly are. Do the heglund ride for sure. That was the best part.

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NickiD447, Manager at International Antarctic Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2014

Thanks for your review - the Hagglund ride is so much fun isn't it?

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Reviewed August 11, 2014

This place is cool (literally). Get to see some penguins, play in the snow and learn about Antarctica. I'd recommend this place for kids in particular

Thank Etaoinspiffy
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NickiD447, Manager at International Antarctic Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2014

Thanks for the 'cool' review :)

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