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International Antarctic Centre

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International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
From US$41.32*
International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
From US$41.32*
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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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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 4 days ago

This was a half day well spent. The center is an interesting place with fun hands on exhibits about different aspects of Antarctica. There is a cold room where they can produce a winter storm by dropping the temp and producing wind. Coats are distributed...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ttm85
Reviewed 6 days ago

We didn't know quite what to expect, but the Antarctic Centre was a really nice blend of education and really good fun. The Antarctic storm room was a good experience (but about as cold as the polar vortex when we left Canada a few weeks...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Katherine C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a good time, the place is great, the work that goes into the centre and what they do for tours is well worth it. I met a lady called Sue who talked to us all about her time in Antarctic and wow she is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Joshtherock
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very informative and good fun for all ages! Haaglund trip great fun and penguin feeding very interesting.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mark G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You have to rig up and go into the very cold area that simulates arctic conditions. The grandkids loved it ! Also it’s a must to get into the vehicles that drive you around and show what the vehicles are like in Antarctica. Very well...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank R0sie1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Highlight for us was the 4D theatre experience, great fun. It was really just like being there. The kids loved it all. Somewhat expensive for a family but we are glad we went.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MIke P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is awesome! You get to experience snow, an Antarctic storm, read a ton of interesting info about penguins, Antarctic voyages and more, pat husky dogs, and even get to see cute little blue penguins! Even the gift shop is extraordinary. Everyone is super...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank PenguinBabe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a local I always recommend the centre as a uniquely different attraction for everyone. The centre is simple and easy to get around for the young and old. The Hagglin ride was surprisingly exhilarating and is a definite must do, as well as the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Breeze_NZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our morning here meeting the huskies, watching a 4D Happy Feet movie, experiencing an arctic blizzard & wandering through the displays. We were really looking forward to seeing some penguins but on the day we were there we only saw 1 poor lonely...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AWTYblogger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For someone who has spent over a year in Antarctica, I can judge that this is as real as you can get to being in Antarctica. Recently I took 4 of my Grandchildren and they just loved being in the Antarctic storm room. For a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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10 January 2019|
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Response from Leanne V | Reviewed this property |
We spent about 3 hours there. When you arrive they will advise a couple of set times for activities such as the truck ride, the 4D film and the Antartica Room. That helped spread the visit out and we visited the other... More
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3 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
19 September 2018|
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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