International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

4.1
Experience the excitement of Antarctica without the risk of frostbite at International Antarctic Centre, dedicated to hands-on learning about explorations on the icy continent. Cool down with a visit to the indoor polar room, chilled to -5 C (23 F) and filled with frosty features such as an ice cave and simulated blizzard (warm clothing is provided). Take a ride on a hagglund, a special vehicle used to get over difficult Antarctic terrain, or pay a visit to some of Antarctica's cutest residents in the Little Blue Penguin enclosure, home to 26 of the flightless birds. Make International Antarctic Centre a centerpiece of your Christchurch vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Christchurch trip itinerary app .
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  • A reasonable exhibition but one area was closed off and apart from the penguins we found it all rather basic.  more »
  • It's an excellent place to spend couple of hours with kids. Besides the knowledge about the Antarctica expeditions, there is fun ride in an all terrain vehicle which is a main attraction for kids. The...  more »
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  • We were a group of 8 people from 4 different countries. We are all sailors interested in adventure and in learning about Antarctica. The Antarctic experience exceeded our expectations with all of the interactive components. The amount of information on scientific research, weather, geology, history, th e international treaty and the living creatures is extensive and well curated. We were pleased to discover that the few penguins were rescue penguins that would not survive if released as opposed to healthy specimens on display like a zoo. Definitely worth the cost of the ticket and the time
  • Cool place to spend a couple hours. Favourite part was the storm simulation room. $45NZD for students/seniors and $59 for adults. Family deals and kids prices also available. I would recommend that you attend at 2.30 or 3pm at the latest. We arrived at 3.15pm and were rushing to finish things but it still wasn't too bad. Penguin feeding has the last session at 3.30pm, storm room's last is 4.30pm, husky patting ends at 5pm, last 4D theatre session is 5pm. The centre closes at 5.30pm sharp. Get there a bit earlier than 3pm to go at a leisurely pace. They take photos of you at the start, made into a packet of 2 photos with information and postcards of your photos. You can buy the pack at the end for $39.95.
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