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International Antarctic Centre General Admission

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International Antarctic Centre
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  • Experience the world's first indoor Antarctic storm!
  • Get up close and personal with Little Blue Penguins
  • Climb on board a Hagglund for a fun-filled ride

Get up close and personal with Little Blue Penguins, visit the snow and ice experience, Antarctica, and survive an Antarctic storm while learning about life in modern day Antarctica. Ride on a Hagglund and an awesome simulated 4D cruise, Happy Feet, plus heaps more!

What's Included?

  • General admission to the International Antarctic Centre
  • Penguin encounter and feeding show
  • Snow and Ice experience
  • 4D Extreme Theatre
  • Hagglund Ride
  • Transport to/from Christchurch City

Experience the wonder and magic of Antarctica without leaving Christchurch, at one of New Zealand’s best, award-winning tourist attractions.

Get up close and personal with Little Blue Penguins and observe their feeding, and meet some beautiful husky’s. You’ll visit the snow and ice experience and survive an Antarctic storm while also learning about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base. There’s also the famous Hagglund ride and an awesome simulated 4D cruise, Happy Feet, plus heaps more!

Antarctic Storm:

Shelter in an ice cave while you brave the wind chill machine at -18 degrees celsius, or get ‘exchillarated’ in the Antarctic Storm that will blow through every hour. You can experience a simulated Antarctic blizzard but without the freezing snow. After the Antarctic Storm you can also choose to take the ‘Polar Plunge Challenge’ and experience icy cold Antarctic water. Warm jackets and overshoes are provided, but it would be advisable not to wear jandals or open-toed shoes.

Hagglund Ride:

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!

Penguin Encounter:

The penguin encounter is New Zealand’s first combined indoor/outdoor penguin viewing area 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 10:30am and 3:30pm daily.

Ice Voyage:

Experience a simulated cruise to Antarctica with spectacular scenery and realistic animal close ups, together with the excitement of the special 4D effects that will excite your senses and enhance your experience! These shows include realistic 3D imagery, and 4D special effects of seat movement, water spray, air bursts and bubbles.

Husky Zone:

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.

HD Theatre:

'Beyond the Frozen Sunset' plays on the massive HD screen 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.

Session Length

  • Please allow 3 hours for this experience
  • Open from 9am - 5.30pm


  • The Hagglund ride is not recommended for people with heart conditions, back or neck pain or if pregnant
  • It is recommended children must be at least 5 years old to ride the Hagglund
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children aged 3-5 years may ride at parent’s discretion, children under 3 not permitted


Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to their policy.

  • If pre-booked visits are cancelled less than 24 hours prior to scheduled arrival, a 50% cancellation fee is payable

This experience takes place near the Christchurch Airport.

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