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International Antarctic Centre - General Admission + VIP Penguin Backstage Pass

Experience the wonder and magic of Antarctica without leaving New Zealand at one of the countries most popular tourist attractions.

Highlights

  • VIP Penguin Backstage Pass
  • Penguin Rescue - Meet the little guys in blue
  • Hagglund Field Trip - Go off-road like an Antarctic explorer
  • Storm Dome - Brave a summertime Antarctic storm
  • 4D Theatre - Four-dimensional visual experience

The award winning International Antarctic Centre has a huge range of experiences that's sure to keep the whole family entertained.

Feel the chill of a full on storm in our awesome Antarctic storm room and take a thrilling ride in an off-road in a Hagglund!

Immerse yourself in our big screen ice tour and amazing 4D theatre.

Learn about the wildlife, Antarctica’s effect on the globe and modern day life on Scott Base with this full on, interactive experience.

This exclusive combo also includes a VIP Penguin Backstage Pass. Limited to just 8 visitors per tour, you'll get to experience these incredible birds up close and personal.

Your Antarctic Guide will take you into the areas not accessible to other visitors and you'll get to learn about the penguins routines and their feeding and habitats.

We welcome you to Antarctica - The coolest fun in Christchurch!

Adult $69.00
Child $39.00 (6-15 years old)

What's included

  • VIP Penguin Backstage Pass
  • Antarctica 101
  • Storm Dome & Antarctica Storm
  • 4D Theatre & Antartic Gallery
  • Penguin Encounter; Penguin Feeding
  • General Entry - International Antarctic Centre

Duration

  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience

Location

  • 38 Orchard Road (between Memorial Ave and Wairakei Road) near Christchurch Airport.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • VIP Penguin Backstage Tour are presented in English.

    The tours are unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs or those with limited mobility as stairs are involved.

    Children must be over the age of six to go on this tour.

    Health Notice: Premium Penguin Caregiver Tour and VIP Penguin Backstage Pass are not recommended for any person whose immune system has been compromised in any way (eg. due to chemotherapy or exposure to HIV) due the close bird contact and potential exposure to Bird faeces etc.

  • Please Note: General Admission to the International Antarctic Centre is included. .

Available Bookings from September 18 to September 24

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  • Adult$69.00
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  • Adult$69.00
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  • Adult$69.00
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  • Adult$69.00
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  • Adult$69.00
  • Child$39.00

  • Adult$55.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$31.20

  • Adult$55.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$31.20

  • Adult$55.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$31.20

  • Adult$55.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$31.20

  • Adult$55.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$31.20

  • Adult$55.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$31.20

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Ash Crawford from New Zealand wrote on 14 July 2021

Penguins

It was so cute seeing the penguins up close and learning about them, also heart warming knowing they are happy and making nests.

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Acensteph from New Zealand wrote on 29 May 2021

Fantastic experience

Took 3 generations to do the VIP tour and everybody loved the entire experience, I can’t recommend this enough, even my 16 yr old son who isn’t into anything anymore (nothings cool enough for him) loved every moment, he said it was his highlight of his stay in Christchurch so far.

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Heather Mann from New Zealand wrote on 05 May 2021

A great day out!

A great way to spend the day exploring and learning about the unique topic of Antarctica. We were there 1030-4pm; my husband and I and our 4 children aged 7-14years old. All but one of us was enthusiastic the entire time! Everyone enjoyed different things - the penguins and backstage pass was a hit with one child (though we all enjoyed it). The Haglund ride had even a tired child back to being delighted and enthused. The storm experience as fun. The interactive displays throughout the facility enabled all ages of people to enjoy the extended visit. We would highly recommend the International Antarctic Centre as a special place to visit.

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Peter from New Zealand wrote on 04 May 2021

Amazing

We had a great time and found it very informative

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richardb12 from New Zealand wrote on 28 April 2021

Great Experience

My 8 year old penguin mad daughter loved getting up close with the little blue penguins. In the VIP experience we got to enter the penguin enclosure and get up close with 5 of the little guys downstairs before joining the rest for feeding time. The Haagalund ride was fun and the huskies were friendly.

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