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“Penguin experience”

International Antarctic Centre
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US$43.96*
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International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
Ranked #11 of 237 things to do in Christchurch
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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!
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Kincumber, Australia
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Penguin experience”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Great place for all, singles,couples and families with kids. Took about 3hours to see and experience everything plus had good food choices as well. Close to the airport, so a good place to go before taking off.

Visited July 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not worth the money, terrible!”
Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

What's the big amazement of the Antarctic centre? This is one of the first place tourists will see within entry to Christchurch! "Embarrassing" there is nothing to do, it stinks, it's dated and the whole place is falling apart. The layout was confusing. We are not happy considering the small fortune we paid. I do not recommend this place at all. There are many other great things to see and do in Christchurch. Overall not a happy customer at all!

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not worth the entry fee.”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

We appreciated the obvious care and commitment that's gone into the displays, but they were just not entertaining enough. Small penguin display, an "arctic blizzard" that was more like just being stuck in a cold dark room, and not much else. The hagglund ride was fun, but too short... not worth the over $100 entry fee when compared to other attractions in NZ.

Visited June 2014
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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227 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Morning well spent!”
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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Singapore, Singapore
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64 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“A fantastic attraction”
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.

Visited June 2014
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