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    Christchurch International Antarctic Centre

International Antarctic Centre

You don’t have to go to Antarctica to experience it. Simply visit our International Antarctic Centre for all the chills and thrills.


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.

Things you should know

  • Located next to Christchurch International Airport
  • Open all year round: 9.00am – 5.30pm
  • Allow 2-3 hours
  • Onsite Car Parking is free

General Admission includes:

  • 4 Seasons of Antarctica
  • Snow & Ice Experience
  • Antarctic Storm
  • Penguin Encounter
  • Penguin Feeding
  • 4D Extreme Theatre
  • Hagglund Ride
  • Husky Cuddle Zone
  • Antarctic Gallery entry

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