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International Antarctic Centre

Embark on a journey through Antarctica without leaving Christchurch. One of New Zealand's best tourist attractions, the International Antarctic Centre provides visitors of all ages with an interactive, fun and exciting experience of Antarctica. You'll experience snow and ice, a storm, learn about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins. There's also the famously exciting Hägglund ride and an awesome simulated 4D cruise plus heaps more!

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 audio visual and touch screen technology and feel 'genuine' Antarctic wind chill or slide down a snow slope in the Snow & Ice Experience. While you're enjoying the attraction, take the chance to enjoy the great Antarctic Hägglund Ride.

The 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.

The International Antarctic Centre, twice winner of the prestigious New Zealand 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.

Hours of Operation

  • Summer (1 October - 30 April): 9am - 7.30pm
  • Winter (1 May - 30 September): 9am - 5.30pm

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