International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch
(4/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Had a fun day with the kids riding in a hagglund, experiencing a mild Antarctic storm and watching 4d movies. Staff were friendly and very helpful. 
  • Nice little venue to visit with the kids..old or young. Of course the penguins are great as is the cold room and displays.... 
  • If you are interested in science , knowing new things and ways of life this is the place to be. A detailed explanation of everything about Antarctica. The experience of Antarctic storm, the life of pe...  more »
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  • Have you got a flight, or a friend who's got a flight coming up? Or maybe just an interest in Antarctica? This place is worth the visit. Huskies, a storm simulator which puts you in -20 C, and penguins. You'll love it. Great place for the sketchbook and watercolors.
  • Great place to visit pre-deployment to McMurdo. Friendly staff with an informative museum for all to get a brief glimpse into Antarctica.
  • It is a fun and educational experience. If you have kids or dream about one day making it to the Antarctic, this will be a lot of fun. There are penguins, a simulation if an Antarctic storm, fun off roading in a large tractor, and a 4d movie experience. It's a fun way to spend a couple hours.
  • Surprisingly good, loved the riding in the snow tractor, seeing the dogs, the penguins and the Antarctic simulator getting cold! Didny really do any of the regular museum exhibits but that's ok
  • A fantastic experience, really well put together and maintained, and the staff have a real passion for what they do. Definitely get the hagglund ride if you can, and go and pet the Huskys and see the penguins being fed.