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International Antarctic Centre
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Christchurch Snow and Kiwi Tour
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Christchurch City Sightseeing - Must See Three Attractions
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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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Worth a look”
Reviewed 29 August 2014

Since most attractions seem to be getting pretty pricy for a family, you may be tempted to skip this one but DON'T! The ride in the vehicle and 4D shows are fun so I highly recommend not skimping. Favorite part for me was being literally inches from the tiny penguins. The scientific stuff was really well presented.

Visited August 2014
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NickiD447, Manager at International Antarctic Centre, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write your review. We agree that both the 4D shows are fantastic fun and the Hagglund ride is always a stand out for visitors. Glad you had a great time.
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Lots to do”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

They had everything- you got to ride in one of those Antarctic snow vehicle things, they had a 4D cinema, an antarctic storm simulator and some cute Blue Penguins- entrance to all of these being included in the admission price.

Visited August 2014
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NickiD447, Manager at International Antarctic Centre, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Thanks for the great review! Glad you enjoyed our fun, unique Antarctic experience!
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“a view of the ice”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

I was here in Christchurch on business, and did not go inside the attraction, simply because I was about to fly down to Antarctic to work, so I would see penguins, ride in the snow machines, and experience the cold, but it is still a neat attraction to have for those that don't get a chance to visit Antarctica, so I'd recommend checking it out while your in Christchurch.

Visited August 2014
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NickiD447, Manager at International Antarctic Centre, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Thanks for the review! You missed all the fun stuff by not going inside though! The Hagglund ride is FAR more exciting and FUN here, than down on the ice! Try it when you come back and you'll see what I mean :)
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Pune
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“Get a feel of The Antarctic !”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

This is a unique Centre,which besides being a museum also gives visitors a demo of how it feels like to be in the midst of a storm in the Antarctic ! Even the demo can be a little frightning ! This Centre is close to the airport,hence tourists must factor in atleast an hour or two soon after landing at Christchurch Airport,to visit this very informative Centre.

Visited March 2014
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NickiD447, Manager at International Antarctic Centre, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Thanks for the great review! So glad you enjoyed your visit - and absolutely agree with you that all visitors should allow AT LEAST 2-3 hours to fully enjoy all the great interactive Antarctic activities we have to do here.
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Cool place. Everyone in the area should stop here..”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

I'm actually on my way down to Antarctica for work, this was a fun little pitstop on my way to the CDC. Afterwords got a nice snack and very good cup of coffee.

Visited August 2014
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NickiD447, Manager at International Antarctic Centre, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Thanks for your great review - have a blast in Antarctica! It's so beautiful down there :)
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