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Christchurch International Antarctic Center Entry Tickets

Product ID: 173709
Experience the wonder and magic of Antarctica without leaving Christchurch at one of New Zealand’s best, award-winning tourist attractions. It’s quite possibly the closest you’ll get to Antarctica without mounting your own expedition.
About this ticket
Duration: 3 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Climb aboard for an adrenaline and fun filled ride on the amazing all-terrain amphibious Antarctic vehicle - the Hagglund
  • Experience real snow and ice in an indoor polar room, then brace yourself for an Antarctic storm where wind chill plummets temperatures to -18˚C
  • Hang out with Little Blue Penguins - birds that have been rescued and cared for, some since they were chicks
  • Experience a simulated cruise to Antarctica, with stunning 3D imagery and surprise 4D special effects for a multi-sensory experience
  • Get up close and personal with beautiful Husky dogs in the cuddle zone for fluffy Husky cuddles and some cool selfies
  • Enjoy the HD movie 'Beyond the Frozen Sunset' that plays on the massive HD screen and featuring breathtaking scenery
  • Learn about the climate, wildlife, glaciers, life at Scott Base and all things Antarctic to take your knowledge to the next level
Full description
Embark on a journey through Antarctica without leaving Christchurch. Visit one of New Zealand's best tourist attractions, the International Antarctic Center. Visitors of all ages will enjoy an interactive, fun and exciting experience of Antarctica.

Located conveniently next to Christchurch International Airport, the International Antarctic Centre is open every day of the year from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Experience snow and ice, an Antarctic storm, take the polar plunge ice water challenge, learn about life in modern modern-day Antarctica and Scott Base, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins. Try the famously exciting Hagglund ride and an awesome simulated 4D cruise Ice Voyage.

The entry ticket is the closest way to experience Antarctica, without mounting your own expedition. You can also enjoy a personalized commentary on your journey to Antarctica with an audio guide tour available in English, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Thai, German, French, and Spanish.
  • Entry ticket
  • Hagglund rides and 4D shows
  • Penguin Express Shuttle service from the city to the center
What’s Not Included
  • Penguin backstage tour
  • Meals and drinks
  • Audio guides
  • Use of luggage lockers

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

International Antarctic Centre, 38 Orchard Road, between Memorial Avenue and Wairakei Road, Christchurch, New Zealand. Note that the complimentary shuttle service pick-up and drop off location is outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Audio guides are available in English, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Thai, German, French, and Spanish for NZD $10.00
• The Penguin Express Shuttle is a free transport service between the city and the attraction. The pick-up and drop-off location is outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue
• The attraction is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM and the on-site cafe is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
• The Hagglund Ride is not recommended for pregnant visitors or those with heart conditions, back or neck pain. Children under 5 years may ride, at parent’s discretion, and must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 3 are not permitted to ride
• The 4D movies include realistic 3D imagery and 4D special effects of seat movement, water spray, air bursts, and bubbles. Viewer discretion is advised for those suffering from neck or back pain, epilepsy or heart conditions. The show is considered suitable for all ages and parental discretion is recommended for children under 5 years
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 34 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Very worthwhile. Loved the penguins and transportation.

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Product ID: 173709