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Antarctic Air Day 2018
It’s your chance to explore all things to do with Antarctica!
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Antarctic Air Day 2018

It’s your chance to explore all things to do with Antarctica when you join us at Antarctic Air Day.  

Step on board the US Air Force C-17 Globemaster before it begins the airlift taking people and cargo to McMurdo Station and Scott Base for the summer season. Meet the crews, see displays and learn what it is like to live on the coldest and windiest continent. 

Important C-17 Entry Details To Note:

  • Free entry onto the C-17 aeroplane is by pre-registration only as numbers are limited. 
  • Unfortunately tickets to access the rear of the plane have sold out.
  • Unfortunately tickets for access to the cockpit have sold out.
  • Please note: All family members will need individual tickets to enter the plane.
  • These tickets have now sold out.

Event Details

Sat 29 - 29 Sep 2018
10:00AM - 04:00PM
Outside the International Antarctic Centre, 38 Orchard Road, Christchurch

Air Day Entertainment

If you miss out on entry onto the C-17 you will still be able to view it from the outside, along with a Panther Crash Fire Truck, Hägglunds and a Massey Ferguson on the tarmac. (Please note last entry onto the tarmac is at 3.30pm). 

Over the road at the International Antarctic Centre, there’s everything from ice sculptors to huskies to live music. Food trucks will be there and a bouncy castle for the kids (weather permitting).  

There will also be discounted entry into the International Antarctic Centre and a once a year opportunity to pay for just a Hägglund ride. (These will only be sold on the day.) 

Come along for a fun free and not too freezing day out for all the family.  

Air Day Site Map


Parking is available for $5 on Peter Leeming Rd and limited parking at the International Antarctic Centre (please bring cash, all proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House). Disabled parking is available at the International Antarctic Centre.  

Discounted International Antarctic Centre Entry

Discounted entry to the International Antarctic Centre. Adult $29.50, Child $14.50, Family $74.50. Pre-book online with the promo code AIRDAY, or purchase at the ticketing counter on the day.

Hagglund Rides: Adult $10, Child $5. These will only be sold on the day.