International Antarctic Centre Tours

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Experience everything you want to know about the icy continent of Antarctica at the International Antarctic Centre, from indoor ice storms to Hagglund 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 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 Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue.

Location
Address: 38 Orchard Road, Burnside 8053, New Zealand
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Hours: Open daily, including Christmas Day. Hours of Operation: 9:00am-5:30pm
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Admission: Adults: NZ$55, Children(5-15yrs): NZ$36
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Christchurch Snow and Kiwi Tour

This guided tour from Christchurch includes a Hagglund snowmobile ride at the International Antarctic Centre and a dinner buffet at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Start with the Snow and Ice Experience and watch the antics of playful arctic birds at the Penguin Encounter, then observe both native and exotic animals — including the endangered kiwi bird — at the wildlife reserve after your five-course meal. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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US$163,41
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  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket

Learn about Antarctic landscapes, wildlife and explorers with tickets to the International Antarctic Center in Christchurch, an award-winning experience that combines fun and education. Try to weather a harsh Antarctic storm, then hear about life on the remote Scott Base and spend some quality time with the Center’s adorable Little Blue penguins. Enjoy Hagglund rides and 4D shows, and enter the 'cuddle zone,' where you can meet, snuggle and pet the fluffy Huskies that explorers historically used to pull their Antarctic dogsleds.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$41,03
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre

This Akaroa shore excursion takes you sightseeing in Christchurch via a scenic drive through the Banks Peninsula. See the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and other city highlights before a visit to the International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch's top attraction. Feel arctic winds at the Snow and Ice Experience and observe New Zealand wildlife at the Penguin Encounter. Finish with an all-terrain adventure on a thrilling ride by amphibious Hagglund vehicle.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$100,83
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Christchurch City Sightseeing - Must See Three Attractions

Visit three must-see Christchurch attractions in one day: the International Antarctic Centre, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Experience firsthand what life is like on the ice of Antarctica via an all-terrain Hagglund ride; observe native and exotic animals at the wildlife reserve; and discover military history with two dozen fully restored aircraft representing the four ages of flight. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$114,74
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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