International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

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International Antarctic Centre - A Quick Overview


Address: 38 Orchard Road, Christchurch Airport 8053, New Zealand

Phone: +64-33570519

Ticket Price: 59 NZD

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

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About International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

One of New Zealand’s award winning attractions, the International Antarctic Centre is a must visit while on your trip to Christchurch. It has been designed in such a way that one can enjoy the fun of Antarctica without actually going there! You’ll get to experience snow and ice, survive an Antarctic Storm, learn about life in modern day Antarctica and hang out with Penguins! A major attraction over here is the exciting Hagglund ride! They also have a simulated 4D cruise!

International Antarctic Centre Ticket Prices

  • Adults- $59, Children (5-15 years)- $29
  • Entry is free for children under five years.
  • Family (2 adults and 3 kids)- $149
  • Seniors and Students (ID compulsory)- $45

How To reach International Antarctic Centre by Public Transport

  • Pick up by the Penguin Express shuttle from Rolleston Avenue Museum.
  • Christchurch Airport bus stop

Restaurants Near International Antarctic Centre

  • Priestley’s Antarctic Cafe

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International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch Reviews

  • My best experience in Christchurch came here. A very friendly and helpful staff especially the person who took us around the track. The simulated snowstorm was an incredible experience for me especially as coming from southern India I have never experienced temperatures below 23 degrees. Although I got a cold after it, it's a memory I'll cherish forever. The Penguins were an added bonus 😁

  • Lots of fun for the family. You can learn a lot about the the Antarctic area, the animals that live there, and how the scientists work and live. They have small penguin placards with info for the kids. You can put on a coat to go on the ice and experience a storm with freezing winds. The kids loved the hands on activities - there were a lot, but my 6 year old was bored in the areas without. The huskies and the haggalund ride were big hits with the kids. The ice cave is a neat inclusion. The movies are good, if you time it right you can see both. A good activity for a rainy day.

  • We had a great time! We did the penguin encounter and found it very educational and fun! We spotted some beehives and spoke with Sue about that project! We think that any endeavor in an attempt to save our pollinators is awesome!! We need more places that will do that. Most attractions plant flowers anyway and they could be the kind that bees are attracted and still beautiful! Well done😀

  • Really cool to see all the types of penguins. Interesting information in all the exhibits. The storm simulator was fun. Cold but fun. Spent three hours there but needed more time. If it has interest to you, there are many things to see and do that will keep you occupied for most of the day.

  • Very interesting for kids and adults. Kids loved the ride on the Antarctic vehicle. Very close to airport so it's great to spend time there (two to three hours) before a flight.

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