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Learn about Antarctic landscapes, wildlife and explorers with tickets to the International Antarctic Center in Christchurch, an award-winning experience that combines fun and education. Try to weather a harsh Antarctic storm, then hear about life on the remote Scott Base and spend some quality time with the Center’s adorable Little Blue penguins. Enjoy Hagglund rides and 4D shows, and enter the 'cuddle zone,' where you can meet, snuggle and pet the fluffy Huskies that explorers historically used to pull their Antarctic dogsleds.
  • Admission to the International Antarctic Center
  • Meet penguins and huskies
  • Learn about Antarctic exploration and science
  • Experience a raging southern storm
  • Hagglund ride and 4D shows
  • Fun experience, perfect for families
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International Antarctic Center Admission Ticket
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12/19/2020 - 9/30/2022
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 04:30 PM

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International Antarctic Centre, Corner Roy Place and, Orchard Road, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Hagglund Rides: We do not recommend this ride for visitors with heart conditions, back or neck pain or if pregnant
  • Children must be over 3 years old to ride the Hagglund and all children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY International Antarctic Centre
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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What is the social distancing policy during International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Some Good, Some Average
, Jul 2022
Hagglund ride, Huskies and Penguins were great with the other attractions average quality. Need for more attractions for better value. Food and drinks were ordinary.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hey Justin, thanks for the feedback! We've got a few attractions on the Wishlist.
Great place worth a visit
, Jul 2022
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.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for visiting the Antarctic Center and providing amazing feedback! A map and schedule of our experiences is a brilliant idea and something that we're looking to create. We hope to have a solution very soon!
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Jun 2022
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!
1st snow experience.
, Jun 2022
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,
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
The very first snow experience is always awesome! Thank you for visiting.
Fantastic experience all...
, Apr 2022
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.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for this 5-star review Mandy! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your Antarctica experience.
Great couple of hours...
, Apr 2022
Hoagland & 4d theater best don't get trapped with buying photos tho you can download them at home, just saying...
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We're glad you enjoyed the Huggland Ride and 4D theater Gavin. The Magic Memories photography company are currently offering free digital photos which is very exciting. Guests also have the option to purchase printed versions in a photo book to take home with them, if they prefer. :)
Experience was great....
, Apr 2022
Experience was great. It's just a shame I didn't book through 'Real Experience's booking company as they have discount tickets
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We're happy you enjoyed your IAC experience! Unfortunately we haven't heard of the Real Experience's booking company... but if you do happen to see a discount in the future, let the Antarctic Centre Team know so they can offer you the best price.
Loved the Hagglund
, Mar 2022
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.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
The Hagglund is such a fun experience and it is so good to hear you both really enjoyed it! Thank you for your review.
A once in a lifetime experience
, Jan 2022
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
Fun place to visit
, Jan 2022
Really good experience, the people were very nice to us and the place is very interesting and informative. I learnt a lot about the Antarctic and also I had a nice time with the Huskies :)
Fun but not for everyone
, Oct 2021
The storm simulator, 4D movie and penguin feeding was super cool. I don't know if the education center plus that was worth the price. The snow mobile ride was TERRIBLE!! No one warned us they just said it was 10 minutes long and kind of bumpy but my 8 year old daughter cried the entire time and they can't see you in the back so we couldn't even stop it. Terrible and a little traumatic.
Seeing the penguins,...
, Oct 2021
Seeing the penguins, especially, feed time.Huskies were a great hit.Also children enjoyed there ride on Hagglund,and 4D movie. All in all an amazing experience.
Day out with the Grandchildren
, Oct 2021
The Hagglund ride was great, both grandkids aged 5 and 6 loved it. We went in school holidays and there appeared to be a large group of children who tended to take over things to sit on which was disappointing, very large ques for the 4d theatre, we cued 3 times but the kids got bored of waiting so missed this attraction. Other than that they loved they day, thankyou
, May 2021
Loved the experience of the snow storm. Overall, everything was fantastic, highly recommended for everyone. Majority of the staff were lovely. Receptionist needs to be more patient especially in asking for information and telling information because not everyone knows what they’re meant to do, especially first timers. She was snappy and borderline rude and I felt like we were a burden on her-and she was the first point of contact and at that point I almost wanted to leave and go back home.
, Dec 2020
The snow mobile ride was an awesome experience and the storm room with the Huskies was fantastic. Well worth going.
5 out of 5 experience
, Jul 2020
My family loved the experience. The highlight of our vacation is to visit the International Antarctic Center for our son and the trip exceeded our expectations! We loved the Hägglund experience and came to appreciate what our scientists and researchers are doing in the remote land of the Antarctic and its unforgiving temperatures. And we appreciate the 4D theatre experience too.
, Jun 2020
Good place to visit with friends or family. Amazing what they've done to help those little penguins. The lady at the 4D (11.15am) could do with some customer service training and smile! Overall experience was good!!
Holiday Adventure
, Jan 2020
We are one adult and two children aged 5 and 6. We arrived at 1 30 and left at 5. We still had things to see. We had a great afternoon and enjoyed all the experiences. We also learned stuff....I can now recommend the Antarctic Centre with more exact details...and helpful pleasant staff who have a lot of work to do. Thank you
1 traveler found this review helpful
Informative Interesting...
, Feb 2018
Informative Interesting Good experience Must do if you are in Christchurch
Meh. We arrived when a couple of...
Marcheta B
, Jan 2018
Meh. We arrived when a couple of cruise ships had tours. It impacted the whole day. They didn't offer the backstage penguin experience, and there just really isn't much to see or do. The ride is through a parking lot that will definitely cause back issues for a couple of days. Although I was happy to support a worthwhile cause, researching and demonstrating what we know about the antarctic, the experience is rather lame.

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