The International Antarctic Centre is located in the suburb of Harewood, Christchurch, New Zealand, close to Christchurch International Airport. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the city.
The Centre is home to the New Zealand, United States and Italian Antarctic Programmes and comprises administration offices, warehousing, an American/New Zealand clothing store, a post office and travel agency, the Antarctic Passenger Terminal and the Visitor Centre, now called 'The Antarctic Attraction'.
|Monday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
Krishnan Jeesha | Feb 4, 2018
My best experience in Christchurch came here. A very friendly and helpful staff especially the person who took us around the track. The simulated snowstorm was an incredible experience for me especially as coming from southern India I have never experienced temperatures below 23 degrees. Although I got a cold after it, it's a memory I'll cherish forever. The Penguins were an added bonus 😁
Stephen Greiner | Dec 15, 2017
We had a great time! We did the penguin encounter and found it very educational and fun! We spotted some beehives and spoke with Sue about that project! We think that any endeavor in an attempt to save our pollinators is awesome!! We need more places that will do that. Most attractions plant flowers anyway and they could be the kind that bees are attracted and still beautiful! Well done😀
Jennifer Monahan | Jan 18, 2018
Lots of fun for the family. You can learn a lot about the the Antarctic area, the animals that live there, and how the scientists work and live. They have small penguin placards with info for the kids. You can put on a coat to go on the ice and experience a storm with freezing winds. The kids loved the hands on activities - there were a lot, but my 6 year old was bored in the areas without. The huskies and the haggalund ride were big hits with the kids. The ice cave is a neat inclusion. The movies are good, if you time it right you can see both. A good activity for a rainy day.
Larry Nieman | Dec 20, 2017
Really cool to see all the types of penguins. Interesting information in all the exhibits. The storm simulator was fun. Cold but fun. Spent three hours there but needed more time. If it has interest to you, there are many things to see and do that will keep you occupied for most of the day.
nenetzin vidal | Feb 19, 2018
The place is expensive for what it is, but we did have an amazing time there. It would of be nice to have the schedules on the flyer cuz we wait till Saturday to go to see the huskies and when we arrive they were already gone. Amazing for the kids and the ride was really exciting
Sandra Clarke | Mar 29, 2018
Extremely interesting place to visit, learnt a lot and enjoyed every moment. Experiencing the cold was amazing, certainly makes you realize what cold really is. 4D movie was so much fun and well made. Totally worth spending time here.
Phuc Huynh | Apr 29, 2018
Came to Christchurch on a raining day, I didn't know where to visit, so this place was the best choice because it is indoor. I made the right decision. A great center to learn about Antarctica. Not just learning, a lot of fun as well. I love the "feeding the little penguins", antartic storm, 4D movies "Ice Voyage" & "Happy Feet". The others were also good. This is a right place for families, especially with kids, I bet they will have fun and learn a lot. There is a cafe and a souvenir shop inside. The car park is free. The ticket is a little bit pricey!
Mad Tad | Apr 19, 2018
This is a four star review just because of the price of 60$. I've got a good deal and paid 35$ - all the way worth it. There is an enormous amount of activities, information and media. 45 min documentaries, very informative texts, things to play around with - something thag the whole family, teenagers and seniors can enjoy. The 4d movies, the penguin feeding and the arctic storm as well as the test drive are nicely timed and a good contrast. We loved the huskies too! You can spend two up to five hours there - depending on your interest and patience. Definetly worth having a look at, but not a must do.
Ruby Miller | May 3, 2018
I have been here before and it's lots of fun for a group of people it's inside so if it's raining it's a good choice there are lots of thing to keep you busy during your visit from husky visits to an Ice room with an igloo and it's fun for the whole family definitely Recommend. Family Friendly.Cafe inside and Penguins as well.
Vishal Sharma | May 10, 2018
Amazing place to visit in Christchurch. Allow at least 2-3 hrs to enjoy. Best place for kids, first timers, and tourist. Don't miss the Hugland ride, Siberian husky, 4D extreme theatre, and penguin feeding. Can buy souvenirs, and enjoy the coffee or food in cafè. Entry fees apply, season pass also available.
Karyn Jack | Apr 10, 2018
What an awesome place! Quite expensive at first glance but so much to do. Lots to learn if you fancy that but we had 4 kids 5 and under who had a great time too. Spent close to 3 hours here. Little blue penguins were cool - great viewing spaces, patting huskys not something you get to do everyday, the blizzard was such an experience! 4d movie was cool although I have done better (although a bit scary for the kids), but the highlight was the hagglund ride, like a roller-coaster!!! Plus so much more. Highly recommended!
Gerard McCall | Jun 5, 2018
I think the price of entry is very steep and is a pretty hard ask for a family visit. The exhibits etc are excellent. Particularly if you have an interest in Antarctic history. Lots to do and see and you need to give yourself a few hours to do it. A 'need to see' place to visit I just think they need to also make it more affordable for people.
Kishor Savant | Jun 11, 2018
Terrible management and particularly the old ladies at reception not so friendly. This place is changed as it is now being operated by private company and become more of a tourist attraction rather than an educational spot which it use to be few years ago. It's good for tourists wanting to take pics and post them and that's what they made that place now anyways. One time for anyone who hasn't been there before. No offence but Please Ignore the retired old grannies at reception as their job is only to take calls and bookings at the age where they should be taking care of their grandchildren rather making an educational place their retirement village
Ali Rafeeq | May 25, 2018
Confidently located near Christchurch International Airport. There are many Antarctic exhibits though most are aimed at children. One of the key attractions is the Hagglund ride. And for those who want to experience Antarctic snow storm there is a storm room as well. You can also see penguins.
Sarah Bennett | May 11, 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience at the International Antarctic Centre. So many things to see and do, the Hägglund ride and penguin feed/talk a highlight for us. Highly recommended and allow 2-3 hours for your trip - it was perfect for us whilst we were waiting for our flight as there was also locker storage for our bags!
Kyle Montgomery | Jul 3, 2018
The International Antarctic Centre is a great place to come to if you are interested in learning about people living in Antarctica. There is an Antarctic storm simulator and is a truly exhilarating experience. The snow buggies are amazing, and you can ride around in one across a rough course. I recommend this to anyone travelling in the area.
Brayden McConnell | Jul 2, 2018
I had not anticipated how interesting that this place was going to be. There is a wide array of different simulations of the climate in Antartica, including a 4D movie experience. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the place is kept in good shape and is really clean. I definitely recommend coming here if you’re wanting to find out more about Antarctica in a fun and interesting way.
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