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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 December 16 to December 22

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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Pamela Villanueva from New Zealand wrote on 13 June 2019

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Awesome experience!

I love how this place is conveniently located near the airport. The place is well-maintained featuring superb attractions for kids and kids-alike. The snow storm was definitely a great attraction too. I feel the 4D experience could do more. Thank you to the wonderful staff who made my solo trip remarkable.The staff were friendly, approachable and very welcoming. The hägglund ride was a fun & unique experience. I will definitely be back - with the the family next time. 😊

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Thanks for your awesome review Pamela!

Linda from Australia wrote on 26 May 2019

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Great family fun

Been here with my family twice now. Great value. Love how it’s interactive and informative. Something for everyone!

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Awesome, glad you enjoyed your experience at IAC!

BEI HE from New Zealand wrote on 15 July 2019

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Fantastic

I booked my ticket to view International Antarctic Centre at BookMe website. It's easy and cheaper. I showed the Antarctic Centre staff my booking on my mobile phone about 25 minutes earlier than the scheduled ticket time. The staff was polite and happy to help me to go inside the centre a bit early. They processed it and gave me a stamp on my hand for multiple entry that day and wrote down the time for some important experiences on the map. I enjoyed the hagglund ride and 4D movies. Kids all enjoyed penguin feed. Thanks for all friendly staff helping all the visitors. It's FANTASTIC!!

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Thanks for the 5 star review and the feedback about our awesome staff!

K from New Zealand wrote on 09 August 2019

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A bit tired

Overall experience was good however very dated/original. Is in a desperate need of an upgrade with new technology. Would happily return but would like to see some form of upgrade first. A highlight of the experience was the 4D cinema and the Antarctic storm.

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Thanks for your feedback. We are very pleased to say that developments to the attraction are in progress and the experience will be updated very soon!

Nicole Higgins from New Zealand wrote on 12 July 2019

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Amazing

Really lovely people awesome experience. The ride was amazing also.

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Thanks for the 5 star review!

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