International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

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#2 of 16 in Museums in Christchurch
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. Make International Antarctic Centre a centerpiece of your Christchurch vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Christchurch trip itinerary app .
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  • Coming from Australia to Christchurch, this was our first attraction stop for the trip. The International Antarctic centre is a very interesting and enjoyable place with plenty of interactive exhibits...  more »
  • More for children than adults. The 4D theatre is more Disney than informative. Be prepared to be splashed in the face one too many times. Displays are tired and feeding the few frightened penguins not...  more »
  • We visited the center yesterday and were very excited by the experience. It is all timed perfectly so you don’t miss anything. The staff are super helpful and friendly. The activities are amazing. I h...  more »
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  • Pretty chill place if you know what I mean. They have some neat exhibits and the penguin enclosure is amazing. Would've given this place five stars if the entrance price wasn't so high. If you're looking to kill some time you can easily spend 3 hours here!
  • Great centre to learn about Antarctica. The storm simulator is amazing! The snow buggies is amazing and you get to ride around in one around a rough course.
  • Although this is a center aimed for children it is still interesting to adults. The centre takes about 1 and a half hours to walk around, not including watching the 4D films. The penguin feeding shows at 10,30am and 3,30pm are a must see, clearly the highlight of the exhibition. However, some of the exhibitions appear dated, especially the photos of the Base camp. This is not a major issue, but still worth noting.
  • The penguins were great as too the snow. A good option when wqiting for your flight to pass the time.
  • Fascinating place. Really interesting and well thought out displays. Excellent. Good couple of hours well spent. Free bus from outside the museum helps too.

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