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International Antarctic Centre

International Antarctic Centre

38 Orchard Rd, Christchurch Airport, Burnside, 8052

The Basics

At the International Antarctic Centre, inquisitive kids can learn lots about Antarctica before embarking on a simulated cruise in the center’s 4D cinema. For a more hands-on Antarctic experience, get caught in the center’s freezing indoor storm and shelter in a specially built ice cave, or strap in for a ride on the all-terrain Hagglund vehicle. Afterward, let off some steam with some snowballs. Don’t miss the Husky Cuddle Zone or the center’s rescued little blue penguins, which are native to New Zealand’s shores; feedings are twice daily.

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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre
$97.15 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Wonderful day!
We had a wonderfully knowledgeable guide and driver who took us from Akaroa on the Banks peninsula to Christchurch. I was very interested in the rebuilding of the city after the earthquake. The botanical garden was a welcome stop after an hour long bus ride and the Antarctic Museum was fascinating. The Haglund vehicle ride was a hoot. The museum cafeteria was the only lunch option with very limited time, choices and service. Otherwise a wonderful day in New Zealand.
Nina_S, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Christchurch

star-5
Great place worth a visit
DI_H, Jul 2022
International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
The international antarctic centre was such a lovely place to visit. Although it was filled with school kids, we thoroughly enjoyed all activities - the snow storm, the Hägglund Field Trip, the penguins and of course petting the Huskies! It would be nice if we can be provided with a map and the times for certain activities so that we can better organise our time at the centre.
star-4
Amazing
Jasmine_K, Jun 2022
International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
The most memorial part would have to be the Hagglund experience, it was great fun going through the obstacle course. But all in all the whole experience here was amazing!
star-4
1st snow experience.
Filomena_M, Jun 2022
International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
I loved a about even the staff were awesome. I wanted to spend more time in the snow, however it was just very nice, an experience I never had. Thank you,
star-5
Fantastic experience all...
Mandy_M, Apr 2022
International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
Fantastic experience all well set out, felt like I really was in antartica. Huskies were a fantastic addition and informative team of people telling us about everything. 4D movie is a must see.
star-5
Fantastic tour
Jerinette_W, Feb 2020
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre
Scotty was a great guide. We were lucky the cafe at the Antarctic center was pretty empty so we all were able to have a bite to eat. Loved the Hagglund ride!
star-4
Great experience
Bob_B, Feb 2020
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre
Loved the Antarctic centre - but not enough time there. Perhaps it should be 2 separate tours. Felt rushed. But guide was fantastic.
star-5
Great couple of hours...
Gavin_R, Apr 2022
International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
Hoagland & 4d theater best don't get trapped with buying photos tho you can download them at home, just saying...
star-5
Experience was great....
Craig_S, Apr 2022
International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
Experience was great. It's just a shame I didn't book through 'Real Experience's booking company as they have discount tickets
star-5
Excellent tour!
ericasaar, Jan 2020
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre
We had an excellent tour! Rob our tour guide was amazing! He had so much information to provide. We had lots of time to enjoy the International Antarctic Centre. Plus, we got back to Akaroa with enough time to enjoy a beer before boarding the ship. Awesome tour!
star-5
Loved the Hagglund
Ray_v, Mar 2022
International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
I really enjoyed all the experiences but especially the Hagglund. My son got to sit next to the driver and she was great at explaining the journey. I would highly recommend.
star-5
Antartic Centre
Joyce_B, Feb 2020
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre
Guide/driver was fabulous. Could have done with more time at Christchurch - a stop at the white chair memorial would have been good. Antarctic centre visit was excellent as was the guide
star-4
A once in a lifetime experience
Jeanette_H, Jan 2022
International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
The Haggleud trip was amazing being in amongst the huskies was great. Could of been more cuddles The snow dome was a bit disappointing, thought a few snow flurries would of been more effective. It felt like walking around the bank corner while windy down in Invercargill
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The International Antarctic Centre is ideal for families and anyone curious about the realities of the Antarctic.

  • To avoid waiting at entry, buy tickets in advance online.

  • Children under age 5 receive free admission.

  • Audio guides are available, as are lockers for luggage storage.

  • The center provides jackets and overshoes for the Antarctic storm exhibit, so you don’t freeze in the flurry.

  • Take a break at the center’s 60 South Café (open from 8am to 5pm daily), and browse for souvenirs at Shop Antarctica.

  • The center is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The International Antarctic Centre is across the road from Christchurch Airport on Orchard Road, a short drive from central Christchurch. Alternative to driving, catch the center’s free Penguin Express bus from the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue; it runs every two hours until closing.

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When to Get There

The center is open from 9am to 5:30pm every day of the year. To beat the Friday through Sunday crowds, stop in early. You might be able to fit everything in before lunchtime, including a penguin feeding and the chance to brave the Antarctic storm with the huskies.

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A Close(r) Encounter

The Antarctic Centre runs an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour to areas not accessible to other visitors. Three times a day, a ranger shows folks how the penguin enclosure works and how to feed the penguins. Book in advance, as space on these backstage tours is limited.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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