International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

4.2
#2 of 53 in Museums in Canterbury Region
Must see · Specialty Museum · Museum
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Experience the excitement of Antarctica without the risk of frostbite at International Antarctic Centre, dedicated to hands-on learning about explorations on the icy continent. Cool down with a visit to the indoor polar room, chilled to -5 C (23 F) and filled with frosty features such as an ice cave and simulated blizzard (warm clothing is provided). Take a ride on a hagglund, a special vehicle used to get over difficult Antarctic terrain, or pay a visit to some of Antarctica's cutest residents in the Little Blue Penguin enclosure, home to 26 of the flightless birds. Make International Antarctic Centre a centerpiece of your Christchurch vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Christchurch trip itinerary app.
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  • The International Antarctic Centre is on the outskirts of Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand's South Island, There are lots of things to do; among the most interesting sights are the... 
    The International Antarctic Centre is on the outskirts of Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand's South Island, There are lots of things to do; among the most interesting sights are the...  more »
  • We had not been here before, in all our times we have visted Christchurch. It is well worth a visit, although we did feel that it was a little too expensive. The 4D movie is really good. We spend.....  more
    We had not been here before, in all our times we have visted Christchurch. It is well worth a visit, although we did feel that it was a little too expensive. The 4D movie is really good. We spend.....  more »
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  • Nice day for the family, get a great family price of Grab-one. Been there twice and the second time was the best. They changed it up lot. Really recommend it.
  • We were really unsure on whether this was worth the price, as it's quite expensive. But wow, it was absolutely worth the money. We spent a good 6 hours here. The staff were all lovely and friendly, the haggland ride was our favorite (a bit frightening for our 5 year old though!) And we loved seeing the huskies! The penguin tour guide (Henry) was fantastic, he chatted to us about the penguins and it was awesome learning so much about them. We would absolutely come back here. Lots of fun.

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