International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

(4/5 based on 1,800+ 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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  • We are living in Christchurch and didn't find out until after that this entitles you to a discount. Regardless of this it's a hugely overpriced attraction. Some of the exhibits are strange like an Ant...  more »
  • Great to experience an Antarctic storm, but everything else somewhat overpriced and overrated. It would be great if other parents could control their bored youngsters rather than let them run out of c...  more »
  • We spent the afternoon here on a rainy day and it didn't disappoint. Started with the Hagglund ride which was great fun...make sure you hold on tight in the back! We then wandered our way around the c...  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.