International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4/5 based on 1,500+ 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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  • I toke my two babies there. And they love it. Really good attraction for the kids spend the afternoon. The ride on the track recommends. Cool and friendly staff. 
  • Visited Antarctica back in 2007, I was able to relate to this place. The displays, the movie, and the pictures are able to educate people about a continent where most will not be able to visit. I thou...  read more »
  • We had a great day here the kids really enjoyed it the snow room was awesome throw on a jacket an withstand the freezing wind chill factor you would experience in Antartica then we went in the hagglan...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Great for locals and tourists. Needs additional attraction to keep it interesting. My first was 2010 and nothing has changed since then in 6 years. Last visited July 2016. Maintained but no improvement. .. needs more creative thinking
  • I love all things Antarctica based and not surprisingly I really enjoyed this. I didn't realise until I arrived there that it is also main base for Italian and American Antarctica exhibitions so it's very much a working area as well. There is a mock windstorm which is cool. A lot about how Antarctica developed and of course the famous expeditions in its history. I also really enjoyed bit where you got to spin earth round the sun and get a really good idea of why the seasons are what they are. Of course I knew the reasons but so much easier when you can see it. If going definitely get the online discount in advance.
  • What a great place to spend a few hours, yes I did say a few hours because that's what it will take for you to see and do everything. You can get there from the Bus Interchange by taking either the Purple Line bus or the Route 29 Bus to the Airport and the exhibition is just a short walk around the corner. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
  • Great fun and interesting. There are many interactive displays, one being a chill room were you can experience exactly how Artic storm. Chilling.
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