The International Antarctic Centre is one of Christchurch’s most iconic tourist attractions. This award winning destination is packed full of interactive and educational experiences for all ages. And its conveniently located near Christchurch Airport.
Experience an arctic storm, watch the little blue penguins at play, take an exhilarating ride on the Hägglund all-terrain vehicle and ‘cruise’ down to Antarctica in the 4D EXTREME Theatre.
Just here for the basics? Then here are the Antarctic Centre opening times, location and contact details.
Visiting the International Antarctic Centre is one of the must-do activities when in Christchurch. This world class attraction offers up a range of fun encounters able to be experienced at set times throughout the day. Here is a quick summary of what to expect to make the most of your visit.
Want to see what it’s like to be in Antarctica? Then the Storm Dome is where you want to be! Complete with snow, and ice cave, strong icy cold winds and dropping to a temperature of -8°Celsius the Storm Dome provides a thrilling (and cold!) experience for all ages and abilities.
Taking a ride in the specialised all-terrain vehicle known as the Hägglund is often the highlight of the visit for many children. This vehicle is designed to safely travel across the icey terrain in Antarctica, and provides an authentic look into its capabilities – without the snow of course.
The Antarctic Centre husky Zone is designed to give visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with these regal and intelligent animals. Pat the Huskies, learn about their role in the history of Antarctic expeditions and ask any questions you may have.
View the penguin sanctuary from behind the glass (great underwater views) or get outside and see them from the viewing points above. The Little Blue Penguins are fascinating to watch and the informative talks are a great way to understand these little birds and how we can better look after them in the future.
Experience the thrill of 4D at its best in this epic experience complete with moving seats, water spray and wind while you take a visual voyage on the ice just like the experts in Antarctica. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the 4D Theatre experience.
Relax in the quiet of the HD Theatre before exiting the Antarctic Centre and enjoy a 17 minute visual extravaganza of stunning pictures and film with views of Antarctica that will stun you. This film plays continuously so you can come back in for a second look if you like!
See some real artifacts from intrepid Antarctic explorers, learn about their lives on the ice and what it takes to survive in one of the harshest environments on the planet.
Get that little bit more up close and personal with the Little Blue Penguins at the Antarctic Centre with the VIP behind the scenes adventure. The VIP Penguin Backstage Pass offers visitors the chance to learn more about feeding and caring for these birds and what it takes to keep the sanctuary running on a day to day basis.
Most Antarctic Centre experiences are covered under the General Admission Pass however there are some exceptions. Tickets include a Hägglund ride, entry to the Husky Zone, Storm Dome, Penguin Rescue, HD Theatre and 4D Theatre. Here is a quick break down of the current Antarctic Centre admission prices.
Here are a few handy things you need to know when visiting the Antarctic Centre in Christchurch.
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