the coolest fun in Christchurch
Experience the wonder and magic of Antarctica without leaving Christchurch, at one of New Zealand’s best, award winning tourist attractions.
The International Antarctic Centre is your destination for authentic, interactive, fun and provides an exciting experience of Antarctica for visitors of all ages. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 2 or 92 – there’s hours of fun here for everyone.
We are located next to Christchurch International Airport and open every day of the year from 9am – 5.30pm.
You’ll visit ‘Antarctica’ the snow and ice experience, survive an Antarctic Storm, learn about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins! There’s also the famously exciting Hagglund ride and an awesome simulated 4D cruise, Happy Feet 4D, plus heaps more!
It’s quite possibly the closest you’ll get to Antarctica without mounting your own expedition!
Take a sneak peak here…
School holiday activities
Need something to entertain your kids in the school holidays? Send them to Antarctica! Well…. not literally, but the next best thing! Enrol them in our school holiday programmes (options from 1-3 days) and we’ll entertain them and educate them about all things Antarctic!
Don’t be bored over the school holidays! Join the team at The International Antarctic Centre for a 3-day holiday programme packed with heaps of fun games and activities.
Learn how to set up a real Antarctic Polar Tent! Ride the waves on board the 4D Antarctic cruise, play in the Antarctic Snow and Ice experience and get set for a thrilling Hagglünd ride!