International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

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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. 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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  • I've always had an interest in Antarctic exploration, so couldn't pass up the chance to visit the Centre, which is very close (literally across the road!) to the airport departure point for scientists...  more »
  • There is so much to do and see here, I'm not sure where to start.Everything was so well done and the kids and adults loved the 4D movies with surprises as well. The snow storm was interesting and make...  more »
  • I was meeting my American friends in Christchurch before a trip to Queenstown the next day and I suggested that we do this as it was close to the airport and because I’d always wanted to visit it. We ...  more »
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  • We had a great time! We did the penguin encounter and found it very educational and fun! We spotted some beehives and spoke with Sue about that project! We think that any endeavor in an attempt to save our pollinators is awesome!! We need more places that will do that. Most attractions plant flowers anyway and they could be the kind that bees are attracted and still beautiful! Well done😀
  • Really cool to see all the types of penguins. Interesting information in all the exhibits. The storm simulator was fun. Cold but fun. Spent three hours there but needed more time. If it has interest to you, there are many things to see and do that will keep you occupied for most of the day.
  • The center is awesomeness to the max. Staff make what is exceptional into something even better. I have a disability and they looked after me when I needed it. Do everything and you will enjoy every moment you are there. Cafe is great as well!
  • It's a nice place to check out, especially for the various hands-on experiences. They've got some Siberian Huskies that you can interact with, all-terrain carriers (they call them Hägglunds) that you can have a ride on to see how capable these things are, a wind chill experience room, and you can see some penguins too! They've also got a bunch of informative displays and movies, but I personally wasn't too interested with those. If you're like me, you can probably go through the whole thing in less than 2 hours.
  • It might be worth visiting if you have kids and you didn't grow up in NZ, but I feel like I just spent a whole lot of money ($118 for two adults) to see the same old stuff. You can see penguins, watch videos, learn about Antarctica and feel a cold breeze elsewhere without spending that kind of money. The guy that runs the hagglund ride (Ron) is good value though.

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