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