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Christchurch Snow and Kiwi Tour

Christchurch, New Zealand
Christchurch Snow and Kiwi Tour

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English


This guided tour from Christchurch includes a Hagglund snowmobile ride at the International Antarctic Centre and a dinner buffet at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Start with the Snow and Ice Experience and watch the antics of playful arctic birds at the Penguin Encounter, then observe both native and exotic animals — including the endangered kiwi bird — at the wildlife reserve after your five-course meal. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
  • Visit the International Antarctic Centre and ride the Hagglund snow mobile on this half-day afternoon tour from Christchurch
  • Enjoy a scrumptious dinner at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
  • See native New Zealand wildlife roam around the reserve
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Informative and friendly guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Christchurch
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Ride on the Hagglund all-terrain snow mobile
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

2:30 PM
The International Antarctic Centre — winner of the New Zealand Tourism Board's Tourism Award for Best Visitor Attraction — provides an interactive experience that recreates the terrain and weather conditions of Antarctica. The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve showcases a variety of animals both native and introduced to New Zealand.

After transport from your Christchurch hotel in the afternoon, use your admission ticket to the Snow and Ice Experience and immerse yourself in a likeness of the southernmost continent. After you battle arctic winds and blizzard-like conditions, visit the Penguin Encounter to observe blue penguins — the smallest in the world. Don’t miss an included 20-minute ride on the Hagglund all-terrain snowmobile.

Your tour continues to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, where you’re served a five-course New Zealand–style buffet dinner after free time to explore the farmyard and zoo.

Following your meal, tour the wilderness reserve for a look at kiwis in their natural habitat. Learn about New Zealand’s national bird and observe keas, possums, wallabies, capuchin monkeys, Asian otters, Siamang gibbons, ring-tailed lemurs and more.

Your tour concludes with the return to your Christchurch accommodation in the evening.

Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.
Stop At:  
International Antarctic Centre
After pick up you will head on out to the International Antarctic Centre: a winner of the New Zealand Tourism Board's award for 'Best Visitor Attraction'. This famous attraction recreates the atmosphere of Antarctica and provides the visitor with an interactive exciting experience of this Southern Continent which very few people have the opportunity to experience first hand. Whilst at the International Antarctic Centre (and included in the tour) is a 20 minute ride on the Hagglund all-terrain snow mobile. You will also be able to enjoy a snow and ice experience with Antarctic Storm, blue penguin encounter, 4D movie, and their many interesting exhibits.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
The tour moves on to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve where you will enjoy a wonderful five course New Zealand carvery style buffet dinner. Prior to dinner there will be time to explore the farmyard and zoo area of the reserve. Following dinner, take a tour of the Reserve where you will see kiwis in the open, eels, keas, tuatara, deer, possums and other birds and animals both native and introduced to New Zealand. The tour concludes with the return to your Christchurch accommodation.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Leisure Tours

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Christchurch Snow and Kiwi Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

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13 Reviews
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Day well spent
, Apr 2021
The guide Scott was really helpful, the commentary was very informative and also had humour in it, time management was great and overall we felt it was a good package, the van was nice and clean. Scott gave us time to have a break in the cafe for snacks and also stopped for loo . Overall was a great experience with the Viator, saw some good places .
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. Always great to hear that you enjoyed your day and the driver, vehicle and tour experience meet expectations. hope you have the opportunity to visit us again some time in the future.
Missed out on the Hagglund ride to...
Serena J
, Nov 2017
Missed out on the Hagglund ride to make sure met set kiwi tour, may want to set earlier pick up to ensure get all that's part of the tour
Travelled with kids, and they simply...
Mario P
, Jan 2014
Travelled with kids, and they simply loved it, lots to see and learn, a must see attraction if you going to Christchurch
Interesting exhibits, with penguin...
David J
, Mar 2013
Interesting exhibits, with penguin feeding and commentary especially enjoyed. Ride on Hagglund altogether too wild for over 70's like ourselves - threw us around too violently to be appreciated. Wildlife Centre guided visit to native bird section was enthralling, close proximity to native and rare birds a real privilege.Dinner at the Casino was lovely.
The Antarctic Centre and Willowbank...
Christie H
, Jul 2012
The Antarctic Centre and Willowbank Wildlife Centre are both great sights, but this tour was unfortunately somewhat disappointing. While we arrived at the Antarctic Centre before the 3pm departure time stated on the website, we barely had an hour there, missing out on some of the key attractions, before having to depart for the Wildlife Centre. The tour at the Wildlife centre began at 4:30pm for an hour, by which time the Reserve had closed (winter hours), and our driver was ready us rush off to the dinner destination. Dinner was fine, although in keeping with the rest of the tour, rather hurried. Again we were only allotted about an hour, and had only just got our mains when our driver returned to take us back to our hotel. Even though we would have made it back to our accommodation well before the 8:30pm finish time, only a small extension was offered, as the driver had another job to attend. We decided to make alternative arrangements. This tour had a lot of potential, but perhaps the description needs updating, or additional information to let people that activities in the winter or off season (if that was the reason) are different to those stated. For example, the dinner wasn’t at the Wildlife Reserve, as described on the website. If you have very limited time in Christchurch, this tour might be worth considering. However, if you’re less restricted, neither of the sights are too difficult to get to on your own and there’s a free shuttle to the Antarctic Centre from the center of town.
the tour was ok as I was with...
Amar D
, Jun 2012
the tour was ok as I was with teenager children. But the city is still not alive because of earthquake. So my group was me and my children only.
The Antarctic Centre is alot of fun...
Mark W
, Jun 2012
The Antarctic Centre is alot of fun for kids and has some very interesting information for adults. We enjoyed the penguins, the Ice Storm room and reading about life in the Antarctic. The Haggalund is definitely worth doing. Willowbank was ok but wouldn't rave about it. We did get to see our first KIwi though. We had a bit of spare time before dinner so our driver took us on a little tour of the city and showed us some of the devastation caused by the Earthquake which we wouldn't have seen otherwise. We had dinner at the Casino which was really nice.
Though the earthquake closed the...
Philip H
, Apr 2011
Though the earthquake closed the Antartic Center, the tour operator did a great job of providing alternative arrangements. Our driver, Ross, was outstanding -- friendly and personable.
It was a quiet day, so not all of...
Michael B
, Jan 2011
It was a quiet day, so not all of the attractions were running as scheduled - except our tour guide made sure they did. The snow room and hagglund ride are a must - the 4D adventure comprised of getting squirted in the face with water (that was the 4th D)
Great trip. Was ideal time as we flew...
Graeme S
, Apr 2009
Great trip. Was ideal time as we flew in late night before was perfect timing, pick up in afternoon as it gave us the morning to get ourselves together and have a lazy morning. A quick look around, get our bearings before we started on the serious stuff. The driver was great and very helpful. We had a wonderful time.

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