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Christchurch International Antarctic Center Entry Tickets

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Christchurch International Antarctic Center Entry Tickets

From US$ 33.36 per person

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.

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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
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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
  • Access to Storm Dome, Husky Zone, Antarctica 101, Hagglund rides and 4D shows
  • Penguin backstage tour
  • Meals and drinks
  • Audio guides
  • Use of luggage lockers
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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International Antarctic Centre, 38 Orchard Road, between Memorial Avenue and Wairakei Road, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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  • Audio guides are available in English, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Thai, German, French, and Spanish for NZD $10.00
  • The Penguin Express Shuttle is not currenty available. Visitors can easily take public transportation to the attraction
  • The attraction is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4.30 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
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4.4 /5

based on 41 reviews

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There are lots of interesting facts about Antarctica presented in different formats. I liked how there are activities that allow for insightful experiences such as the polar storm and the 4D movie. Also interesting to know about the wildlife and their survival especially with changes in climate and the glaciers melting.

September 19, 2021

Great way to fill in half a day. The Hagglund ride, the 4D experience, and the Storm Dome are all fun, interactive touches.

April 6, 2021

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