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International Antarctic Centre

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Open today: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
from USD 39.98*
International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
from USD 39.98*
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“hagglund ride”(342 reviews)
“snow storm”(201 reviews)
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It's the ultimate Antarctic adventure! Experience the dramatic seasonal lighting in the four seasons of Antarctica show where it 'snows' every 6 minutes. Venture out on to 'the ice' from Scott Base to play in 'Antarctica' the snow & ice experience...more
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38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-357 0519
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Make sure you call them before you go and make sure you don't miss the penguin's feeding time. They are so cute...

Thank Atefeh V
IntAntarcticCentre, Guest Relations Manager at International Antarctic Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

The penguins are a special part of our family at the Antarctic Centre!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Plenty of information about the icy continent presented in a fun and interactive way. Something for all ages from the nerdy science brigade to the merely curious. The young at heart particularly enjoyed the Haaglund ride and animal lovers the penguin hospital. A great option...More

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IntAntarcticCentre, Guest Relations Manager at International Antarctic Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We hope to see you back soon for another visit!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although the entry fee for a family is pretty steep it’s worth it... kids and adults had an amazing time. Heaps of interactive stuff.

Thank rebeccawD7393QW
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our son spotted an article in a magazine and asked to go here. The visit was very interesting and engaging, starting with the trip in the Antarctic vehicle. Spent about 3 hours overall and had a nice snack and coffee in the cafe. Informative for...More

Thank Craig S
IntAntarcticCentre, Public Relations Manager at International Antarctic Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit with us!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a amazing place to go very infomative anc lots to see. Thd best was 4D movie. It really feels real.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As check out time from our accommodation was 11am..What to do for 5hrs till our flight home. A short walk from Distinction Hotel to Canterbury Museum you can catch the free Antarctic shuttle .. you can’t miss it as it has blue penguins on it...More

Thank Savage714
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We popped in on the way to the airport to fill in time & found it worth-while with lots to see and do. Definitely more family type activities but my partner and I are late 20's and had a good couple of hours. Tip -...More

Thank nikallison88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We almost didn’t bother after reading a lot of mixed TripAdvisor reviews, but on finding that Grab One had almost 50% off family passes we decided to give it a go. We were so glad we did! We received a warm welcome and reception marked...More

Thank 3Bubs3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic attraction with lots to do and just one entry price. The day we went they had a special and it cost us $35 each with free soup and bread for lunch. 4D theatre, Ice room -8 and then -18 degrees with with icy blasts,...More

Thank Bazil27
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was very good - especially the blast freezer, the hagglund ride and the LB penguins. The husky dogs were lovely, but their role on the continent was poorly explained and so their relevance was lost on the kids.

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Chris H
13 August 2018|
Response from Chris H |
I rang the business there are no resident discounts. I won't be attending for 4x price of a movie when the 2 other museums in Christchurch and the art gallery are free.
8 August 2018|
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Response from kiranmarvel | Reviewed this property |
They don’t play any videos about Antarctica. But there is a simulation room where they have created the wind speed and temperature as like Antarctica and they will provide special jackets to feel the climate there.
15 April 2018|
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Response from Elcowen75 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, I bought my ticket at the actual place as I didn't know about this till I got there. You should be able to buy tickets on line in advance. I hope you get to see the museum