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This exclusive backstage penguin tour takes you to areas of the International Antarctic Centre not accessible to other visitors. Hosted by an Antarctic Rangers, you will see how the quarantine area works, learn about Penguin feeding and husbandry and take your Penguin knowledge to the next level!
General admission to the Antarctic Centre is included, with access to the Antarctic Storm, Hagglund Ride, Ice Voyage, Husky Zone and HD Theatre.
Climb aboard a Hagglund for a fun-filled ride on this incredible all terrain amphibious Antarctic vehicle. The ride is highly authentic and simulates the conditions scientists will experience riding in a Hagglund across the ice and over mounds, up and down hills, across crevasses and through water! The Hagglund ride is around 20 minutes in duration.
The Penguin Encounter is New Zealand’s first combined indoor/outdoor Penguin viewing area with capacity to hold up to 26 Little Blue Penguins and allows visitors to view Little Blue Penguins in a Banks Peninsula natural-themed environment that can be accessed on two levels. The Penguins held here are birds that have been rescued and cared for, some since they were chicks. Due to physical disabilities that have left them defenceless, many of them would not have survived on their own back in the wild. Feeding times are at approximately 10.30am and 3.30pm daily.
Experience a simulated cruise to Antarctica with spectacularly stunning scenery and realistic animal close ups, together with the excitement of the special 4D effects that will excite your senses and enhance your experience! Filmed by Emmy award-winning cinematographer Mike Single, this is a high definition movie that is the first 3D sequence filmed in Antarctica and around the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia. These shows include realistic 3D imagery, and 4D special effects of seat movement, water spray, air bursts and bubbles. Viewer discretion is advised for those suffering neck or back pain, epilepsy or heart conditions. The show is considered suitable for all ages, but parental discretion is recommended for children under 5 with regard to the realistic wildlife images and 4D effects.
Huskies used to be the main form of transport in Antarctica with teams of them pulling sleds for the historic explorers, and were used right up until the late 1990’s. Get up close and personal with some of these beautiful dogs in the cuddle zone, enjoy fluffy Husky cuddles and get some cool selfies! Please note that the Huskies are not at the Centre every day - generally on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and school/public holidays.
'Beyond the Frozen Sunset' plays on the massive HD screen at the International Antarctic Centre and features breathtaking scenery, while following a seasonal arc from sunset to sunrise weaving in its path elements of immensity that make up this earth's most inhospitable continent. Filmed by Emmy Award winning film-maker Mike Single, Beyond the Frozen Sunset will take you on a journey of emotions through the magic of the Aurora Australis, the spirit filled historic huts and the overwhelming vastness of the polar plateau. It captivates, stimulates and enchants the mind and soul on the most beautiful and most important place on earth. The movie is 17 minutes in duration and runs continuously throughout the day.
This tour runs with a maximum of 8 people.
Tours are in English only.
This experience takes place near Christchurch Airport.