International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

#2 of 49 in Museums in Canterbury Region
Must see · Specialty Museum · Museum
Experience the excitement of Antarctica without the risk of frostbite at International Antarctic Centre, dedicated to hands-on learning about explorations on the icy continent. Cool down with a visit to the indoor polar room, chilled to -5 C (23 F) and filled with frosty features such as an ice cave and simulated blizzard (warm clothing is provided). Take a ride on a hagglund, a special vehicle used to get over difficult Antarctic terrain, or pay a visit to some of Antarctica's cutest residents in the Little Blue Penguin enclosure, home to 26 of the flightless birds. Make International Antarctic Centre a centerpiece of your Christchurch vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Christchurch trip itinerary app.
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  • The best 5 hours we have spent for a long time. We took the VIP pass and our guide (Gabrielle) was just fabulous - so knowledgeable. So much to do and learn. Penguin feeding was great - and the...  more »
  • We hadn’t been here since we were childless 15 years ago and it had changed heaps. The Haaglund ride is fab. Not too scary for the kids but authentic enough. 4d movie also great and had great...  more »
  • What an excellent way to find out about the work at Antarctica and experience the many different activities on offer here. Lovely staff. Very helpful in ensuring you know the times of everything on offer so you can plan your visit. Great cafe. Loved the husky dogs and penguins not to mention the ride experience!
  • What an amazing place. Follow some of the times attractions but also wander behind. You'll find you will still see amazing things without the crowds Try your hand in the artic ocean. A good place for a little friendly competition on who can last the longest with their hand inside. Enjoy there windstorm and 4d movie theatre.

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