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International Antarctic Centre

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International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
from US$ 41.11*
International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
from US$ 41.11*
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“hagglund ride”(348 reviews)
“snow storm”(207 reviews)
“penguin feeding”(182 reviews)
It's the ultimate Antarctic adventure! Experience the dramatic seasonal lighting in the four seasons of Antarctica show where it 'snows' every 6 minutes. Venture out on to 'the ice' from Scott Base to play in 'Antarctica' the snow & ice experience...more
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38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-357 0519
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A great place to stop for a few hours if you are flying from Christchurch airport. Will appeal to all ages. We had a ride on a hagglund vehicle , stroked husky dogs, enjoyed a 4D Antarctic film, with a few surprises, and experienced an...More

Thank HMS67
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our family enjoyed and had a great day especially my kids.. were thankful for the great family photo shoot.. will definitely be back..

Thank Aprilyn S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We've been here several times and always enjoy it. The team ride is a bit forced, but be sure to enjoy the penguins!

Thank DbacksFn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this museum to be very dated and needed an uplift. Best bit was the 4D show. Fortunately we didn’t have to pay on our visit through my friends staff discounts but there is no chance this is worth the entry fee.

Thank Nicole S
IntAntarcticCentre, Guest Relations Manager at International Antarctic Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for the feedback. We are continually looking at ways to engage with the wide variety of visitors we share the Antarctic with. We have a lot of exciting updates on the way so please visit again and be surprised!!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place to visit again. Bit expensive for what it is. Worth the experience. Ride the Hammerlund. Only place in NZ to do that.

Thank TonyCase
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great experience either as a specific destination or as something really interesting to do if you are waiting for a flight. Really well put together and highly recommended. Take the Haglund - just don't sit right at the back!

Thank jzdparis
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must visit while you are in Christchurch just 5 minutes drive from Airport. Lots of Information and interactive show as well (Penguin) 4D theater is fabulous

Thank RAJ C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a three hour wait between flights with our two toddlers, so this was a perfect time filler for our family. It was an easy 7 min walk from the airport to the Antarctic Centre and there was plenty to do - pats and...More

Thank AuntyLe0
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must do while visiting Christchurch, is the International Antarctic Center. It’s open 9-5:30 daily. The 4D Extreme Theatre is fabulous. Be sure to take a Hägglund Ride around the complex. Wow! Prices range from $45-$59 NZ depending on age. Free “Penguin Express” shuttle from...More

Thank 58randyt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is well worth the time and the price. An amazing, interactive experience suitable for all ages. Very educational but also very entertaining. Right next to the International Airport and just 20 mins from downtown. Two thumbs up

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19 September 2018|
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Response from Allgoodthyngs | Reviewed this property |
Check the Akaroa Shuttle availability with Viator. the shoreshipsandtours com website might also offer info on bookings. If it was me I'd hire a car, plenty to see and do along the way a fabulous drive, maybe do an... More
Chris H
13 August 2018|
Response from Chris H |
I rang the business there are no resident discounts. I won't be attending for 4x price of a movie when the 2 other museums in Christchurch and the art gallery are free.
8 August 2018|
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Response from kiranmarvel | Reviewed this property |
They don’t play any videos about Antarctica. But there is a simulation room where they have created the wind speed and temperature as like Antarctica and they will provide special jackets to feel the climate there.