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City Sightseeing Tour with International Antarctic Centre

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City Sightseeing Tour with International Antarctic Centre

From US$ 94.54 per person

Discover Christchurch on a half-day sightseeing tour including full admission to the International Antarctic Centre. Contrast the devastating effects of earthquakes with the innovative rebuild taking place and uncover the beauty of the ‘Garden City’.

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Duration 6 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Explore the highlights of Christchurch on a 3-hour city sightseeing tour
  • Enjoy lots of photo opportunities and learn your way around the city
  • Uncover the history of the city and the effects of the earthquake from your experienced guide
  • Discover the award winning International Antarctic Centre (IAC)
  • See a 4D Movie, the Little Blue Penguins, Antarctic Storm and take on the Hugglund Ride at the IAC
Full description
After pick-up from your Christchurch hotel, start your morning with a drive through the central city. Explore the area that was completely devastated by the February 2011 earthquakes and the innovative rebuilding taking place. Then, leave the inner city and travel to Mona Vale to explore historic homestead and gardens. Visit the historic building 'Sign of the Takahe' for spectacular lookout views over the city, Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps. Pass through Port Hills, Lyttleton Harbour, Sign of the Kiwi, Governors Bay and the Port of Lyttleton. Visit the seaside suburb of Sumner and see Cave Rock before returning to the city center. Arrive at the International Antarctic Centre around 12:30 PM. Enjoy the snow and ice experience, a blue penguin encounter, a 4D Movie experience, and an exhilarating Hagglund ride. Return to the  city center at your leisure with return transfers to your accommodation available throughout the afternoon. 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transport in air-conditioned coach
  • Driver/guide
  • 3-hour city sightseeing tour
  • International Antarctic Centre admission (includes Antarctic Storm, Little Blue Penguins, 4D Movie, and Hugglund Ride)
  • Return transfers from International Antarctic Centre
  • Food and drinks

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  • New Zealand weather can be very changeable throughout the year, so bring warm clothing that you can leave in the tour vehicle if not required
  • Minimum numbers are required for this activity to operate - in the unlikely event that these are not met you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund
  • Return transfers leave at 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM or 4:30 PM.
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4.4 /5

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Do this! It was a wonderful introduction to Christchurch city, our guide Graham had a ton of knowledge and it made the day! The scenery from driving to Sumner and over the Port Hills was outstanding.

July 28, 2021

Great tour. Our guide Phil made the day. He's knowledge about the area and commentary was so informative. The locations we visited gave us fantastic overview of Christchurch. The length of the tour was just enough to allow us enough time to explore the Antarica centre

October 10, 2019

I think I expected more interesting experiences

September 30, 2019

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Product ID: 161322