The International Antarctic Centre is your destination for authentic, interactive fun and provides an exciting experience of Antarctica for visitors of all ages. It is the next best thing to actually going there.
Learn stories of historic explorers and experience the four seasons of Antarctica through an impressive light and sound show
Get ‘exchillarated’ in the Antarctic Storm
View Little Blue Penguins, experience a simulated cruise to Antarctica, learn about modern day Antarctica and more
Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest place on earth, and more than 98% covered in ice. The earth’s fifth largest continent, it is a virtually untouched, beguiling, wilderness of white.
Globally important for environmental and climate research, Antarctica is also home to seven species of penguin and six of seals. The dreamlike landscape features spectacular seasonal light displays (auroras), stunning glaciers, ice formations and pressure ridges. A place that has fascinated intrepid explorers for years, Antarctica has produced some great historical tales.
Antarctica is quite simply one of the world’s most amazing places. Moreover, the International Antarctic Centre allows you and your family to experience the wonder and magic of the continent without mounting your own expedition. It’s one of the great things to do in Christchurch. You’ll visit ‘Antarctica’ the snow and ice experience, survive an Antarctic Storm, learn about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins. There’s also the famously exciting Hagglund ride and an awesome simulated 4D cruise, Happy Feet 4D, plus heaps more.
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Located next to Christchurch International Airport
Experience real snow and ice, survive an indoor Antarctic Storm, learn about life at Scott Base, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins! There’s also the famously exciting Hägglund ride, an awesome simulated 4D cruise, Happy Feet 4D, plus heaps more!
Antarctic Storm Experience
Exchillerating fun at -8˚C! Experience real snow and ice in our indoor polar room, then brace yourself for an Antarctic storm where wind chill plummets temperatures to -18˚C. This storm blows through hourly.
Four Seasons of Antarctica
A captivating light and sound show, where it ‘snows’ every 6 minutes!
Experience a year in the Antarctic from endless daylight to endless darkness, you’ll also hear the stories and legacies left by the great Antarctic explorers.
4D Extreme Theatre
Two movies to choose from, with stunning 3D imagery and surprise 4D special effects – a multisensory experience not to missed!
‘ICE VOYAGE’: All aboard… next stop, the Antarctic. Join this voyage of discovery, where you’ll see spectacular landscapes and get up close with the wildlife!
‘HAPPY FEET’: Put your dancing shoes on and boogie with Mumble. This brave toe-tapping Emperor Penguin is on a courageous mission to save his family!
See our rescued Little Blue Penguins (the world’s smallest), now that’s something to squawk about!
Our penguins are fed twice daily, join them for lunch at 10.30am and 3.30pm.
Learn about climate, wildlife, glaciers, life at Scott Base and all things Antarctic, and take your knowledge to the next level.
Climb aboard and buckle up for a ride in our amazing amphibious all terrain Antarctic vehicles – the Hägglund!
Get up close and chill with our Huskies on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, they’ll also join you in the Antarctic storm if you are lucky!
And much more!
See Scott’s Hut, experience what a flight to Antarctic is like, or watch a short Antarctic film in our HD theatre.