International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

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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. Make International Antarctic Centre a centerpiece of your Christchurch vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Christchurch trip itinerary app .
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  • Where else can you ride in an all-terrain vehicle, experience wind chill of -18C, see penguins being fed, and enjoy a 4D experience of a ship sailing towards an ice shelf? One of the best museums I've...  more »
  • I am a Filipino who has not experienced snow yet. The trip I had in IAC was so fun. Just a few reminders for tourists like me who has not been there yet. Souvenirs in their shop are expensive, almost ...  more »
  • My friends paid for me to go here on my birthday (I'm 67) and really enjoyed all the information and activities. Rode on a Haaglund which was fun and saw all there was to see and really enjoyed it. Hi...  more »
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  • Extremely interesting place to visit, learnt a lot and enjoyed every moment. Experiencing the cold was amazing, certainly makes you realize what cold really is. 4D movie was so much fun and well made. Totally worth spending time here.
  • My best experience in Christchurch came here. A very friendly and helpful staff especially the person who took us around the track. The simulated snowstorm was an incredible experience for me especially as coming from southern India I have never experienced temperatures below 23 degrees. Although I got a cold after it, it's a memory I'll cherish forever. The Penguins were an added bonus ๐Ÿ˜
  • We had a great time! We did the penguin encounter and found it very educational and fun! We spotted some beehives and spoke with Sue about that project! We think that any endeavor in an attempt to save our pollinators is awesome!! We need more places that will do that. Most attractions plant flowers anyway and they could be the kind that bees are attracted and still beautiful! Well done๐Ÿ˜€
  • Lots of fun for the family. You can learn a lot about the the Antarctic area, the animals that live there, and how the scientists work and live. They have small penguin placards with info for the kids. You can put on a coat to go on the ice and experience a storm with freezing winds. The kids loved the hands on activities - there were a lot, but my 6 year old was bored in the areas without. The huskies and the haggalund ride were big hits with the kids. The ice cave is a neat inclusion. The movies are good, if you time it right you can see both. A good activity for a rainy day.
  • Really cool to see all the types of penguins. Interesting information in all the exhibits. The storm simulator was fun. Cold but fun. Spent three hours there but needed more time. If it has interest to you, there are many things to see and do that will keep you occupied for most of the day.
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