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. 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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  • August 16, 2017
    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 gr...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    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...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    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...  more »
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  • What a wonderful collection of displays of the Antarctic. Allow yourself at least 3 hours. We enjoyed the rescued blue penguins. They come out at feeding time. They have lockers outside that easily hold 2 carry-on suitcases and an extra bag or 2. The restaurant coffee and food are great. It's located right across the street from the airport, so it's a great way to spend time after you're required to leave your hotel and before you have to report for your flight.
  • We had a great time and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves aged 4 & 7. The highlights was watching the move and the ride and feeding animals
  • It was a fun time. I liked the 4d movie and the summer storm. It was fun seeing the penguins to. This was the highlight of my time in Christchurch.
  • This was the highlight of our day in Christchurch. Very informative but also very fun. I enjoyed the activities held there as well as the amount of information presented.
  • Good place to visit with family. The cafe was good too. Wonderful options for a breakfast or tea

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