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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 .
Tours To International Antarctic Centre
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $99
Duration: 6 hours
Christchurch City Sightseeing - Must See Three Attractions BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $119
Duration: 6 hours
Christchurch Snow and Kiwi Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $160
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
International Antarctic Centre Reviews
A good half day experience. School holidays are busy however the I A C gives you a good introduction to this remarkable continent. more »
The complex located just a few minutes drive from Christchurch Airport. Purchased the entrance ticket at the counter, which cost us NZD 59.00 per person. Visitor can experience the chilly snowstorm... more »
An informative, interesting and interactive museum. There were many things to see and experience such as the 4D movie, riding the Hägglund bandwagons, seeing rescued penguins and petting huskies. But the huskies were kept in a very small place and they were in extremely short leashes and could not move around freely. I felt so sorry for the dogs and I truly hope they remove the dogs (even tough they are cute) especially since they are not used in expeditions anymore according to the exhibition.
Such a cool place... pun totally not intended. A tonne of stuff to take in with interactive displays. The storm room is a neat addition. Gets pretty cold! -18 degrees!!!! But it’s really bearable. Penguins are cute, but I’ve a personal gripe with this sort of thing. That aside, it’s fun. Fully recommend the visit.
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