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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  • Was fantastic, the cute little penguins, the huskies and standing in the storm, very cold. What a great experience for all ages 
    Was fantastic, the cute little penguins, the huskies and standing in the storm, very cold. What a great experience for all ages  more »
  • Great way to learn about Antarctica and see the little blue penguins being fed. We did the Antarctic wind storm and rode in the utility vehicle in the parking lot which was a fun experience. This is.....  more
    Great way to learn about Antarctica and see the little blue penguins being fed. We did the Antarctic wind storm and rode in the utility vehicle in the parking lot which was a fun experience. This is.....  more »
  • This is out by the Airport but well worth a visit and far removed from the normal touristy attraction of most cities. Catering for Families mostly with plenty for adults and children alike. The... 
    This is out by the Airport but well worth a visit and far removed from the normal touristy attraction of most cities. Catering for Families mostly with plenty for adults and children alike. The...  more »
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  • Unfortunately I went wrong day and time to visit. People staying at same motel had been a few days earlier and said it was great and went round twice, so thought I'd go. Unfortunately they hadn't mentioned I needed to be there at a certain time and on particular days to see everything and I hadn't bothered to check on google as I just went on what they'd told me. Only day I could go was Wednesday morning, so missed out on the Huskies (not there Wed/Thurs?). Also missed out on penguin feeding as got there 20min too late (be there well before 1030am if going in morning). By time I'd stopped and looked at the penguins (rescues that can't be released back into the wild) and a few other things inside was 5 mins late for the 4D show and they'd locked the door so missed that too. (they do say it happens in threes, lol). Best bit while there was the hagglund ride outside and only paid $30, I think because penguin feeding had already finished and no huskies either. Would I go back, probably not, but could be an entertaining morning for families with young kids.
  • Had a few hours to fill in so headed here. Best suited if you had kids of any age but still enjoyed our visit. Lots to learn and very interactive. Be warned if you do the artic storm experience, wear more than a thin t-shirt
  • Too notch, first class, A1! Great experience for kids of all ages. Very interactive. Very educational. Cannot recommend it highly enough. Should rate as a "Definite" on anyone's list of things to see and do in Christchurch.
  • We loved it, we did all the attractions and spent all morning there, our son was disappointed he wasn't able to do the VIP penguin 🐧 tour, children need to be 15 to do on their own and when we booked online there was only 1 ticket available. The staff were helpful, but a little under staffed for a busy school holiday day. We loved the Huskies, penguin feeding, ride in Haggland and all the information and videos.
  • If u are visiting Christchurch this has to be on ur to do list when u have kids. Keep at least 3-4 hours aside. The penguin feeding shows, the storm session and 4D movie all have timings so if u want to see all. Even I enjoyed the whole experience along with my daughter.

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