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“Morning well spent!”

International Antarctic Centre
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US$43.59*
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International Antarctic Center General Admission...
Ranked #23 of 256 things to do in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

Discounted tickets on booking.com. 9 year old said: "so awesome". Grandad said "definitely worth seeing" and Granny couldn't believe she sat in the front for the ride!!!. Pity they were so disorganised at reception on arrival.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

A fantastic attraction. Visitors will know what the weather and climate of the south pole like after visited the Centre. The Hagglund ride was very well organised as such we didn't waste time in queuing for the ride. Also we can viewed the penguins, experienced the changes of four seasons in the Centre. Also a free shuttle bus will pick up the visitors in front of the museum next to the Botanical Garden. It is really a must visit attraction in Christchurch.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Who knew before visiting here that snow in the Antarctic isn't wet? A fascinating interactive exhibition centre - lots to do for all ages and suitability for people with mobility or health problems for some of the activities is made clear. The staff will help you buy the most economic ticket for the time you have available and what you're most interested in. The penguins are a delight! You can watch them being fed and when you're feeling peckish, there's a cafe serving excellent food too.

Thank CaptainWestYorkshire
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

excellent place to visit if you are interested in antarctica - it has the the rides, antarctica coldness experience and antarctica wildlife

1  Thank Sudhir_Rajagopal
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

This place makes me appreciate the South Pole explorers. Totally new and eyes opener experience. What a cool place!

Thank Vincent H
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