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The Antarctic Attraction at the International Antarctic Centre, located next to Christchurch International Airport allows you to experience Antarctica in a fun, exciting all weather environment.
Experience real Antarctic conditions with Audiovisual and Touch Screen technology and feel 'genuine' Antarctic wind chill or slide down a snow slope in the Snow & Ice Experience.
The New Zealand Penguin Encounter is New Zealand's first combined indoor/outdoor penguin viewing area with capacity to hold up to 26 rescued Little Blue penguins in a Banks Peninsula natural themed environment that can be accessed on two levels.
While you're enjoying the attraction, take the chance to enjoy the great Antarctic Haggland Ride. The International Antarctic Centre, twice winner of the prestigious NZ Tourism Awards for Best Attraction also offers exclusive Antarctic Product in the Antarctic Shop and delicious meals in the Cafe and Bar.
Meeting rooms available. Spacious function area for themed events.
Set aside 2-3 hours for your visit and make time to have a meal in the Antarctic Café & Bar.
The attraction is open seven days a week from 9am.
South Island ▷ Canterbury ▷ Christchurch
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Nice place to spend a rainy day in Christchurch. We hadn't thought about Antarctica a lot beforehand. This centre gives you quite a good idea and offers a lot of fun activities for the whole family.
Informative and for kids, expensive.
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Very informative and gave you a real taste of the conditions these explorers worked in.
Very interesting museum with so many activities on the Antarctic. People there are very kind.
Go for it , spend about 3hrs to enjoy varies activities you can only experience in Antarctic here. Don't miss the 10.30am or 3.30pm blue penguins feeding time where you can have close encounters with them, 4D extreme Theatre is a must too , very beautiful amazing !
Great attraction - three hours well spent - don't go for the short visit unless you really don't have time for the whole thing. My only complaint - the snowstorm was a bit tame...
Fantastic show - drive on the ice tractor depicts just what it is like to drive on ice in Antarctica. The 4D movie of the ship travelling to the South Pole is so realistic, you even get showered with spray coming over the bow of the ship. Seats move with the ships movement over the waves.
Very detailed information provided. Great activities such as the cooling room which got down to -18 degrees.