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“Must do if you have kids”

International Antarctic Centre
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US$41.69*
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International Antarctic Center General Admission...
Ranked #23 of 258 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 older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Amazing cant fault really awesome 10 out of 10 it definetly on a kids school holiday must do list! Love the room were it simulates the conditions of antartica although I've never been in while it has a snow storm I still love it. I also like the thing were they drive u around in

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"penguin feeding"
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"blue penguins"
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"storm room"
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"cold room"
in 56 reviews
"wind chill"
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"antarctic experience"
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"terrain vehicle"
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"d movie"
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"close to the airport"
in 29 reviews
"obstacle course"
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"all ages"
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"free shuttle"
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"christchurch airport"
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"great fun"
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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.

1  Thank Debbie R
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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!

3  Thank Caleb H
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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.

1  Thank Jaqs-L
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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.

1  Thank CFD20
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