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International Antarctic Centre

#12 of 238 things to do in Christchurch Features Animals
38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-357 0519
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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 and survive an Antarctic storm! How long can you hold your hand in the icy Antarctic water? Hang out with Little Blue Penguins, buckle up for the famously exciting Hagglund ride, take an awesome simulated 4D Antarctic cruise, watch Happy Feet 4D, then watch a stunning movie on a MASSIVE screen! It's the closest you'll get to Antarctica without mounting your own expedition!
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  • Average11%
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“hagglund ride” (304 reviews)
“snow storm” (180 reviews)
“penguin feeding” (162 reviews)
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38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-357 0519
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Reviewed yesterday

Well presented, worth the visit before or after airport, and insight into the ice close to NZ, be sure to visit

Thank happysheepChina
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must do/see for anyone visiting Christchurch. Very helpful staff and amazing sights to see. All topped off with a ride in a Haggland over pretty rough terrain. We saw the injured penguins being fed, the snow blizzard, a 3D dvd ride though...More

Thank Judith B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Good museum, especially on a wet day. Good range of activities and information etc for children and adults alike.

Thank Bernard T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the experience. Well planned entertainment. However found it to be an expensive tourist attraction. Not so bad for rate payers but out of town visitors pay more.

Thank Jodee R
Reviewed 4 days ago

We did this on a bit of a grey day in Christchurch. The Haglund ride was good fun. The cinema experience was a bit poor (think shrunk down version of happy feet with water squirted in your face once in a while). The cold room...More

Thank davenewman2016
Reviewed 6 days ago

The International Antarctic Center in my home-town of Christchurch is the next best thing to visiting the great continent. Having the pleasure of seeing its amazing displays a few years ago with my grand-daughter, I highly recommend this venue when you visit our city. Riding...More

Thank Marion P
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Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a few hours there before or flight out of Christchurch. Enjoyed the penguins and the Haglund ride. The rest was also great. Did expect a bit more of the Antarctic storm ( I have been colder) but I guess it's not safe to make...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A well set up multi-faceted display & activities. Plenty for those of us without kids and n tow to see & enjoy. Wrap up in provided clothing to experience an Antarctic storm, ride in a Haglund vehicle, watch audio visual displays. Great set up, you...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You’ll visit ‘Antarctica’ the snow and ice experience, survive an Antarctic Storm, learn about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins! There’s also the exciting Hagglund ride (prepare to be jolted and shaken) plus heaps more! A...More

Thank Rukstar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hagglund ride, Antarctic storm, Happy Feet in 4D, Scott's hut experience, scientists in Antarctica and more. So much to see and do but highlight for me were the rescued little blue penguins being fed. Highly recommend.

Thank nrw15
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30 December 2016|
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Response from Paul W | Reviewed this property |
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19 December 2016|
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Response from annur2001 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they provide coats for kids and adults. Also, provide shoes cover before entering the antarctic strom room
10 May 2016|
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Response from pomlee | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I didn't do that part of the tour as I've often seen penguins nearer home. However, penguins are such delightful creatures I recommend you make time to visit them.