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Lyttelton Shore Excursion: City Sights & Antarctic Centre

Lyttelton Shore Excursion: City Sights & Antarctic Centre

From US$ 94.49 per person

A shore excursion that combines the International Antarctic Centre with its Little Blue Penguins, Antarctic Storm experience in the Ice and Snow room, 4-D Movie and Hagglund ride, together with a half day city tour of Christchurch.

About this activity

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Duration 6.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour through Christchurch city highlighting the 2011 Earthquake damage, rebuild efforts and existing landmarks
  • Explore the International Antarctic Centre
  • Experience the thrill of the Antarctic Storm in the Snow and Ice room, a 4D movie, and Hagglund Ride over a purpose made course
  • Meet the Little Blue Penguins that have been rescued and cared for at the centre
  • Plenty of great photo opportunities throughout your excursion
Full description
Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic viewpoints on a half-day city tour of Christchurch. Wander the Monavale Gardens with its pretty ponds and water features, then drive through the city center - once with its historic buildings and architecture - now heavily destroyed and badly damaged by the Earthquake hitting the city in February 2011. See for yourself both the destruction of the central city and the rebuild that is taking place. You will also visit the botanical gardens in the central city and the seaside suburb of Sumner. Travel to the Sign of the Takahe to admire the spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps. The tour then moves on to The International Antarctic Center: a must-see attraction in Christchurch. This features a recreation of the atmosphere of Antarctica with a snow and ice experience and Antarctic Storm, the Little Blue Penguin encounter, a 4-D Movie experience, and an exhilarating Hagglund ride. The Penguins held at the International Arctic Center are birds that have been rescued and cared for, some since they were chicks. Due to physical disabilities that have left them defenseless, many of them would not have survived on their own back in the wild.
  • Port pick-up and drop-off
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entrance fee to the International Antarctic Centre and all mentioned activities
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

Lyttelton Port. Meeting instructions will be sent to you upon booking.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • At the time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • All tours are designed to meet the cruise ship's arrival and departure times, but if you are not returned to your ship prior to its departure, the local operator guarantees to get you to the next port of call
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • New Zealand weather can vary - please bring warm clothing that you can leave in the tour vehicle if not required
  •  Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
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Product ID: 205297