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International Antarctic Centre

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International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
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International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
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“snow storm”(218 reviews)
“penguin feeding”(193 reviews)
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
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All reviews hagglund ride snow storm penguin feeding blue penguins storm room cold room wind chill antarctic experience terrain vehicle d movie obstacle course close to the airport all ages free shuttle christchurch airport great fun few hours
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had some time (2 1/2 hours) to kill waiting for a flight. It is not cheap but an interesting insight into Antarctica. Plenty to do - the chill room with a wind chill down to -18c was an experience - note to self wear...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MartinaLevy
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were a group of 8 people from 4 different countries. We are all sailors interested in adventure and in learning about Antarctica. The Antarctic experience exceeded our expectations with all of the interactive components. The amount of information on scientific research, weather, geology, history,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SunSeekingSan2
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lots to see, something for everyone here, young and old. The 4D cinema, Antarctic storm and ride were very popular with the kids. storm Highly recommended!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank June A
Reviewed 4 days ago

You get your ticket and then you're on your one on Antartica. We had an audio guide which was spoken by some senior voice, very boring. The numbering is chaotic, and it is hard to follow a chronologic line, due to all the timeslots for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nard J
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited here and it was pricey, but we enjoyed it, the off road course in the little vehicle, the Arctic room, the penguins, it was ok, but pricey

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank garyje
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

200 dollars spent on a wasted few hours ( we left after an hour)- perhaps if you have very young children or if you’re very interested and know absolutely nothing about the Antarctic ...maybe go - we all found it a waste of time -...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Candy9090
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were amazed by the centre! Very educational with lots of fun. The whole family enjoyed the hagglund ride. A must see in Christchurch!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lidia E
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is one place The Whole family can enjoy. Perfect for all ages. The hugglund ride is rugged, but lots of laughs and a great experience. If you really want to experience the Antarctic, suit up, and enjoy some real snow, then if your brave...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ReenieCee
Reviewed 1 week ago

I would recommend this place to anyone of any ages- it has activities and experiences for all ages- it is a must go to for anyone with kids, or anyone who feels like like a kid- this place is a must! The organisation is exceptional-...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank _chezza2229
Reviewed 1 week ago

The centre was a very interesting place to visit. Had lots of information and experiences to try. Something for young and old. The actual room where you experience the cold temperatures was great! even survived a blizzard so that was fun. Saw penguins, husky's ,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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11 January 2019|
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Response from gungho-traveller | Reviewed this property |
up to 20%-40% cheaper for adults if book thru bookme (strongly advised but no discount for child) on certain days and times. If no discount on your day/time of visit, book via their website, a bit cheaper OR look for 10% off... More
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Response from Allgoodthyngs | Reviewed this property |
Check the Akaroa Shuttle availability with Viator. the shoreshipsandtours com website might also offer info on bookings. If it was me I'd hire a car, plenty to see and do along the way a fabulous drive, maybe do an... More