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Antarctic Centre - Xpress Pass

Antarctic Centre - Xpress Pass.

Embark on a journey through Antarctica without leaving Christchurch.

One of New Zealand's best tourist attractions, the International Antarctic Centre provides visitors of all ages with an interactive, fun and exciting experience of Antarctica.

You'll experience snow and ice, an Antarctic storm, take the "polar plunge" ice water challenge, learn about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins!

Without doubt the closest way to experience Antarctica, without mounting your own expedition!


  • Adult $39
  • Child $19 ( 5-15 years )
  • Under 5 FREE
  • Open 9am-5.30pm daily. Café Open 8am-5pm.

    PLEASE NOTE: XPRESS Entry DOES NOT include Hagglund rides or 4D shows - additional charge applies to add these experiences. The Hagglund Rides and 4D Extreme Movie tickets can be bought an optional add on, but they are not included as part of this pass.


    FREE Penguin Express Shuttle:

    The Penguin Express timetable is:

    Depart Antarctic Centre for City - (8am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm)

    8.20am-Commodore: Bus stop number 17085, Opposite Commodore Hotel.

    8.30am-Westside Motor Lodge: Bus stop number 37745, outside Westside motor lodge, 298 Riccarton road.

    8.35am-Riccarton Shops: Bus stop between Division St and Rimu St.

    8.40am-Double Tree Hotel: Bus stop Number 10116, outside Double tree Hotel, opposite Towers on the park.

    8.48am-Arrive at Museum: By the seat, Outside Christs College, next to the Museum.


    Depart City for Antarctic Centre - (9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm)

    9.00am-Depart museum: By the seat, Outside Christs College, next to the Museum.

    9.05am-Colombo St: Bus stop number 14990, Opposite City Centre Motel.

    9.15am-Heartland: Bus stop number 41437, outside Randolph Hotel, 79 Papanui Road.

    9.25am-Elms Hotel: Opposite the Elms Hotel, at the bus stop, outside of KFC.

    9.30am-Top 10 Holiday Park: Outside the reception area

    9.45am-Roydvale Street: Bus stop number 10723, Outside Aarburg Airport Hotel.

    9.47am-Commodore Hotel: Bus stop number 17564, Outside Commodore Hotel.

    9.50am- International Antarctic centre.


    This schedule is based on the bus departing the Antarctic centre at 8.00am.

    The bus service will have 5 runs daily, times are as follows. 8.00am, 10.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm, and 4.00pm

    (Please note that due to continued roadworks in the CBD, timetable may not always run exactly to schedule)

    Penguin Express Shuttle: Ph.021-02826912


    It is important that you arrive no more than fifteen (15) minutes either side of your scheduled trip time as this is a condition of entry with the deal.

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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    Natalia from Australia wrote on 21 August 2017

    Awesome afternoon activity in Christchurch

    We had a few hours before our flight home and went on an adventure in the Antarctic Centre! It was very informative and full of fun experiences with lots of interactive displays. We tried the snow storm and loved the HD movie about Antarctica. Definitely recommend to anyone who loves snow, learning about nature and adventure!

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    Kylie_Watson from Australia wrote on 29 October 2017

    A Unique (and Chilly) Experience

    I would tell visitors to Christchurch that this is a necessary activity. We came straight from the airport and they had lockers (for a small fee) which took even my huge case. There was also a free bus (leaving at regular intervals) into the CBD for you and your luggage when you were finished. Penguins, an blizzard experience and museum-style displays. There was a couple of other things you can do if you get the full pass rather than the xpress pass but we did not have time as our plane arrived mid-afternoon.

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    Jo from New Zealand wrote on 22 October 2017


    We were held up, whilst collecting our camper. When I rang and explained we wouldn't make our allotted time they were great and said it wasn't a problem. Great service.

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    Emilie from New Zealand wrote on 13 August 2017

    Family fun and learning

    Our2 boys and I had fun learning about penguins, life on Antartica and discussing with the friendly staff. Patting huskies was a highlight!

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    cliffordl from New Zealand wrote on 25 July 2017

    Excellent attraction

    Mainly went to take the child but ended up being way more fun for everyone, worth to pay the extra for the rides.

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