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International Antarctic Centre

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38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-357 0519
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International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
from US$41.03*
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International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
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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 and survive an Antarctic storm! How long can you hold your hand in the icy Antarctic water? Hang out with Little Blue Penguins, buckle up for the famously exciting Hagglund ride, take an awesome simulated 4D Antarctic cruise, watch Happy Feet 4D, then watch a stunning movie on a MASSIVE screen! It's the closest you'll get to Antarctica without mounting your own expedition!
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“hagglund ride” (347 reviews)
“snow storm” (207 reviews)
“penguin feeding” (181 reviews)
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38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
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+64 3-357 0519
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great value for money. A fascinating insight into Antarctic exploration over time. Fantastic for everyone. Kids will love it but I went with a mate and we had a great time (40 is the new 30). An absolute must for visitors to fabulous Christchurch.

Thank Yassvagus
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to take family for a day trip. Kids loved the penguins, the stimulated Antarctic storm and the Haggland buggy trip. Staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. Great welcome on our first stop in NZ.

Thank Kathy M
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Reviewed 3 days ago

As senior adults we really enjoyed our time at the Centre Both informative and fun. I wasn't sure about the Hagglund ride but loved it although a very rocky ride and I am not an adventurous person when it comes to rides. We also enjoyed...More

Thank 376di08
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Antartic Centre was good fun for my five year old son. The Hagglund ride and patting the huskies was the highlight of the day. The penguins were also good to see. The only downside would be the price as I found it quite expensive...More

Thank abbieholmes
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We loved our visit to the Antarctic centre, the haggland ride was amazing, the kids loved patting the huskies, the snow storm was very cold, the 4D cinemas & all the other movies were great & all the other information & displays make it a...More

Thank Ro-shell-1982
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our favourite areas were interacting with the huskies, and listening to the penguins stories when they were being fed. This centre is very costly so if we were a resident of Christchurch it would be better value to get the annual pass.

Thank awesomeast
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The staff were so friendly, worth the money to get in, the 4d theatre was great and a funny surprise during it, it was great to have the opportunity to do the Antarctic storm experience, where else could we get that feeling? The penguins were...More

Thank thesigno4
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very informative. Better suited to children. No backstage access to penguins during school holidays. Penguin feeding occura twice a day. Fantastic cause with regard to husky and penguin rescue.

Thank Tara N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

3 of us flew to ChCh for a 3 day weekend of fun and travelling, we had arranged a meet-up with similar like-minded individuals and quite a few people joined us at the Antarctic Centre. The food here was delicious and we had prompt service....More

Thank Michael C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to discover Antarctica without actually going there. Very informative on the history, geography and research of Antarctica.The Haggelund ride was very good fun. tI spent 4 1/2 hours there.

Thank PeterE5
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hannahclare2018
15 April 2018|
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Response from Elcowen75 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, I bought my ticket at the actual place as I didn't know about this till I got there. You should be able to buy tickets on line in advance. I hope you get to see the museum
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AndraYo
31 October 2017|
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Response from johnC4806NT | Reviewed this property |
I'm pretty certain they have lockers or a luggage storage room. Its only a 5 min walk from the International Terminal so if you checked in early you could leave your bags at the airport.
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Zheyun Z
5 October 2017|
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Response from IntAntarcticCentre | Property representative |
Hi There, Yes an Australian Student ID is valid to purchase a student ticket. Thanks, Lisa
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