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International Antarctic Centre – General Admission

Welcome to Antarctica, Christchurch!

Highlights

  • An Antarctic experience for every type of explorer!
  • Penguin Rescue – Meet the little guys in blue
  • Hagglund Field Trip – Go off-road like an Antarctic explorer
  • Husky Zone – Pet the pups
  • Storm Dome – brave a summertime Antarctic storm
  • 4D Theatre – four-dimensional visual experience

With mysterious deep seas, unique creatures and endless icy plains, Antarctica is a land like no other. A fragile place that has drawn the bravest explorers from far and wide, leaving all who visit with a passion to protect this stunning rarity.

The International Antarctic Centre transports a slice of this astounding continent to Christchurch, with a range of immersive experiences that allow everyday visitors to see, touch, feel and fall in love with Antarctica.

Brave an Antarctic storm, go off-road in a Hagglund, befriend a husky, mingle with the penguins, experience Antarctica from all four dimensions and leave with a head full of knowledge, a heart full of love and inspiration to take action, just like the explorers before you.

Getting here: Complimentary transport is available on our Penguin Express Shuttle. The shuttle leaves from the city in front of the Canterbury Museum. Departure times are 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

Where we are: 38 Orchard Road (between Memorial Ave and Wairakei Road), near Christchurch Airport.

Opening hours: 9:00am – 5:30pm, 7 days of the week. Open 365 days of the year, including all public holidays and anniversary dates.

Adult $59.00
Child $29.00

What's included

  • Free Penguin Express shuttle
  • 4 Seasons of Antarctica
  • Snow & Ice Experience
  • Antarctic Storm
  • Penguin Encounter; Penguin Feeding
  • Antarctic Gallery
  • 4D Extreme Theatre
  • Huskies

Duration

  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience

Restrictions

  • All children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Child price applied to ages 5 – 15 years. Under 5’s are free.

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

    We do not recommend the Hagglund ride for visitors with heart conditions, back or neck pain, had recent surgery, motion sickness, nervous disposition, or if pregnant.

    Children under 3 years old are strictly not permitted to ride the Hagglund.

    Children aged 3-8 years must be accompanied by an adult to ride the Hagglund.

Available Bookings from September 17 to September 23

Change Dates

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

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Simon from New Zealand wrote on 18 September 2016

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Value for money

Spent a good 3.5 hours here, get in early like 9am get on the ride first, then plan your route well to make sure u see all the shows and other stuff, time it right go to the 11am 4d show, then walk out and q up for the 11.30 as its a different show, saves time...on a whole great time made better by getting it cheaper on book me

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Sindha from New Zealand wrote on 15 May 2017

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The feeling of antartic

This place is awesome. We rode haglund (it's my 1st time) & it's one of the best attractions. Riding haglund feels like riding rollercoaster. It pushes your adrenalin to come out. I also like the penguins, especially Marty. She's so cute & likes to show of. 4D & wind storm (the temperature is -18°C), the other magic attractions. It just worth to be experienced 🖒

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Paula from New Zealand wrote on 17 October 2017

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Fantastic

My 9 year old son and I loved our trip here. The lockers for storing all our gear at a really reasonable price was a great start. It wasn't too busy at 9am when we got there. There was heaps to enjoy and we did it all. Before we left we used had lunch in the cafe. The food was so well presented. Everything was so clean and shiny. The lady in the cafe was so lovely and friendly and the coffee and food were excellent. Even the prices were acceptable. A great 3 hours and then a free ride into the city on the Penguin Express. 5 stars from us.

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John from Laos wrote on 30 September 2017

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Awesome

Amazing. Must see. Must do. Loved it.

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Kanu Negi from Australia wrote on 03 December 2017

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Good place to visit

Went with my family and loved the experience. Staff were friendly. Location is handy.

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