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International Antarctic Centre - General Admission

Welcome to Antarctica, Christchurch!

Highlights

  • An Antarctic experience for every type of explorer!
  • Penguin Rescue - Meet the little guys in blue
  • Hagglund Field Trip - Go off-road like an Antarctic explorer
  • Husky Zone - Pet the pups
  • Storm Dome - brave a summertime Antarctic storm
  • 4D Theatre - four-dimensional visual experience

With mysterious deep seas, unique creatures and endless icy plains, Antarctica is a land like no other. A fragile place that has drawn the bravest explorers from far and wide, leaving all who visit with a passion to protect this stunning rarity.

The International Antarctic Centre transports a slice of this astounding continent to Christchurch, with a range of immersive experiences that allow everyday visitors to see, touch, feel and fall in love with Antarctica.

Brave an Antarctic storm, go off-road in a Hagglund, befriend a husky, mingle with the penguins, experience Antarctica from all four dimensions and leave with a head full of knowledge, a heart full of love and inspiration to take action, just like the explorers before you.

Adult $59.00
Child $29.00 (5-15 years old)
Family Pass $205.00 (2 Adult + 3 Children)

What's included

  • 4 Seasons of Antarctica
  • Snow & Ice Experience
  • Antarctic Storm
  • Penguin Encounter; Penguin Feeding
  • Antarctic Gallery
  • 4D Extreme Theatre
  • Huskies

Duration

  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience

Location

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

Restrictions

  • All children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Please Note: Kids go free with a paying adult until 30 Sept 2020.

    Family Pass The family pass rate is $205 if purchased Individually. Discounts shown from this rate.

    Opening hours: 9:00am – 4:30pm, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

    It is important that you arrive no more than 15 minutes either side of your scheduled visit time as this is a condition of entry with the deal.

    Child price applied to ages 5-15 years. Under 5's are free.

    Hagglund Ride: We do not recommend the Hagglund ride for visitors with heart conditions, back or neck pain, had recent surgery, motion sickness, nervous disposition, or if pregnant.

    Children under 3 years old are strictly not permitted to ride the Hagglund.

    Children aged 3-8 years must be accompanied by an adult to ride the Hagglund.

Available Bookings from August 06 to August 12

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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Wed 12 Aug

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.99
  • Child$0.00
  • Family Pass$99.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.99
  • Child$29.00
  • Family Pass$205.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.99
  • Child$0.00
  • Family Pass$99.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$29.00
  • Family Pass$205.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$0.00
  • Family Pass$205.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.99
  • Child$0.00
  • Family Pass$99.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.99
  • Child$0.00
  • Family Pass$99.00

1spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.99
  • Child$0.00
  • Family Pass$205.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$0.00
  • Family Pass$99.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.99
  • Child$29.00
  • Family Pass$149.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$29.00
  • Family Pass$205.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.90
  • Child$0.00
  • Family Pass$99.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.90
  • Child$0.00
  • Family Pass$205.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$29.00
  • Family Pass$205.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$29.00
  • Family Pass$205.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$29.00
  • Family Pass$205.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.99
  • Child$0.00
  • Family Pass$205.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.99
  • Child$0.00
  • Family Pass$205.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$39.99
  • Child$0.00
  • Family Pass$99.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$0.00
  • Family Pass$205.00

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

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Marianne from Australia wrote on 27 January 2020

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Informative and fun

The little tour in the Hagglund, the huskies, the storm experience the penguins and all the interest and hands on displays all combin to provide an exceptional experience. Definitely a must do when visiting Christchurch.

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Thanks for your awesome review!

Sophie Styles from New Zealand wrote on 15 July 2020

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What an awesome afternoon!

What a great afternoon. EXceeded all expecting! From the real life storm, 4D movie experience , Hagland ride and penguin feeding! I recommend every kiwi should visit this Christchurch attraction.

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Rebecca from New Zealand wrote on 14 July 2020

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Dont book the 3.35pm... it closes at 4.30pm...

Lots of thing to get around, experience, see and read. I wish our ticket gave us more time! Was good what we could fit it.

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Nicky from New Zealand wrote on 13 December 2019

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Excellent afternoon

Really got to learn a lot about Antartica. What an amazing place. The ice room, huskies were my favourite.

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Thanks for your 5 star review!

Joel from Australia wrote on 09 December 2019

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Great for big kids too

This might be the best hidden gem on the South Island, what a fun day! Things to do include the cold room where it gets to -18 Celsius, the ice challenge for how long you can have you hand in freezing water, the little penguins, huskies, snow mobile ride, and the 4D movie. I spent about 2 hours here and had such a good time, well worth a visit.

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Thanks for your amazing 5 star review Joel - awesome shot of the penguins too!

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