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Experience the wonder and magic of Antarctica without leaving Christchurch. Located on the International Antarctic Programmes working campus at Christchurch Airport, the centre is one of New Zealand’s best tourist attractions and offers visitors of all ages an interactive, tactile, fun and exciting adventure.
Experience real snow and ice, survive an indoor Antarctic Storm, learn about life at Scott Base, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins! There’s also the famously exciting Hägglund ride, an
awesome simulated 4D cruise, Happy Feet 4D, plus heaps more!


Antarctica is unique, a place of extremes… Virtually uninhabited, and classified as a desert, this awesome landscape is the coldest, driest and windiest place on earth. It’s a hostile environment that’s incredibly dangerous, yet still radiates a magical feeling across its vast wilderness of white.
More than 98% of Antarctica’s landmass is covered in ice, secrets kept within the ice hold the key to understanding the world’s environmental changes and impact on our ecosystems.
This intriguing wilderness is also home to enchanting penguins, seals and wildlife and features spectacular seasonal light displays (auroras), stunning glaciers, ice formations and
pressure ridges – all still as interesting today as it was to the first great Antarctic explorers.
Antarctica is quite simply one of the world's most amazing places.