International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

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Specialty Museum Museum
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Experience the excitement of Antarctica without the risk of frostbite at International Antarctic Centre, dedicated to hands-on learning about explorations on the icy continent. Cool down with a visit to the indoor polar room, chilled to -5 C (23 F) and filled with frosty features such as an ice cave and simulated blizzard (warm clothing is provided). Take a ride on a hagglund, a special vehicle used to get over difficult Antarctic terrain, or pay a visit to some of Antarctica's cutest residents in the Little Blue Penguin enclosure, home to 26 of the flightless birds. Plan your visit to International Antarctic Centre and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Christchurch itinerary builder.
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  • 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 war...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 departi...  more »
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  • What a wonderful collection of displays of the Antarctic. Allow yourself at least 3 hours. We enjoyed the rescued blue penguins. They come out at feeding time. They have lockers outside that easily hold 2 carry-on suitcases and an extra bag or 2. The restaurant coffee and food are great. It's located right across the street from the airport, so it's a great way to spend time after you're required to leave your hotel and before you have to report for your flight.
  • We had a great time and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves aged 4 & 7. The highlights was watching the move and the ride and feeding animals
  • It was a fun time. I liked the 4d movie and the summer storm. It was fun seeing the penguins to. This was the highlight of my time in Christchurch.
  • This was the highlight of our day in Christchurch. Very informative but also very fun. I enjoyed the activities held there as well as the amount of information presented.
  • Good place to visit with family. The cafe was good too. Wonderful options for a breakfast or tea

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