International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

4.1
#2 of 17 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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  • This was one experience we are pleased we didn't miss. A definite highlight of our visit to Christchurch. Lots of variety to please all ages, from the Penguin encounter, the Antarctic Storm experience...  more »
  • The Antarctic Centre was absolutely amazing, so much to learn and be involved in. Highly recommended to all ages, we saw 3 year olds enjoying the activities and senior citizens enjoyably involved. The...  more »
  • My wife and I have visited this center as a part of our trip in New Zealand. We intended to spent in this center two hours but we left after three hours because we had to leave the city. We felt that ...  more »
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  • Came to Christchurch on a raining day, I didn't know where to visit, so this place was the best choice because it is indoor. I made the right decision. A great center to learn about Antarctica. Not just learning, a lot of fun as well. I love the "feeding the little penguins", antartic storm, 4D movies "Ice Voyage" & "Happy Feet". The others were also good. This is a right place for families, especially with kids, I bet they will have fun and learn a lot. There is a cafe and a souvenir shop inside. The car park is free. The ticket is a little bit pricey!
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the experience at the International Antarctic Centre. So many things to see and do, the Hägglund ride and penguin feed/talk a highlight for us. Highly recommended and allow 2-3 hours for your trip - it was perfect for us whilst we were waiting for our flight as there was also locker storage for our bags!
  • Pretty decent, just be warned that the full course of activities can take up to 3 hours to get through depending on when you arrive. Good for kids, huskies are lovely and the Hagglands are good fun. Exhibits are starting to look a bit dated, unfortunately.
  • This is a four star review just because of the price of 60$. I've got a good deal and paid 35$ - all the way worth it. There is an enormous amount of activities, information and media. 45 min documentaries, very informative texts, things to play around with - something thag the whole family, teenagers and seniors can enjoy. The 4d movies, the penguin feeding and the arctic storm as well as the test drive are nicely timed and a good contrast. We loved the huskies too! You can spend two up to five hours there - depending on your interest and patience. Definetly worth having a look at, but not a must do.
  • Amazing place to visit in Christchurch. Allow at least 2-3 hrs to enjoy. Best place for kids, first timers, and tourist. Don't miss the Hugland ride, Siberian husky, 4D extreme theatre, and penguin feeding. Can buy souvenirs, and enjoy the coffee or food in cafè. Entry fees apply, season pass also available.
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