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  • Address: 38 Orchard Road
  • Hours: Open daily. Summer (Oct - Mar): 9am - 7pm, Winter (Apr - Sept): 9am - 5:30pm
  • Admission: Adults: NZ$55, Children(5-15yrs): NZ$36

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International Antarctic Centre

Experience everything you want to know about the icy continent of Antarctica at the International Antarctic Centre, from indoor ice storms to ATV rides and penguins.

Feeding time at the NZ Penguin encounter is hugely popular, as is the Penguin Backstage Pass tour for an up-close view of these cute creatures.

Go for a rough and ready ride on the Hagglund all-terrain vehicle, watch snow being made and throw snowballs, chill out in an ice cave and see the aquarium displays of Antarctic wildlife. Don’t worry about keeping warm: chillproof jackets and overshoes are provided.

Practical Info

The International Antarctic Centre is a 15-minute drive northwest of central Christchurch, just across the road from the city’s airport.

The free Penguin Express bus leaves hourly from Cathedral Square in the city center.

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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 17 Reviews

Experience the grand architecture and beautiful gardens of Christchurch when your ship is in port in Akaroa. Your shore excursion from Akaroa port also ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $111.42

Discover Christchurch Sightseeing Tour with optional International Antarctic Center Admission

3 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic view points on a half-day city tour of Christchurch. Wander the Monavale Gardens with pretty ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hrs

From USD $51.73

Christchurch Snow and Kiwi Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Visit the International Antarctic Centre and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve on a guided half day tour. Savor a buffet dinner and don't miss your opportunity to ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $159.17

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