International Antarctic Centre: Best Tourist Attraction in Christchurch, New Zealand
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We are open 9am – 5.30 everyday over Easter Weekend and Anzac Day


International Antarctic Centre

Welcome to Antarctica, Christchurch. Breathtakingly cold. Incredibly cool.

We’ve packed all the mystery and excitement of the Antarctic into one incredible award-winning visitor destination.

Located next to Christchurch International Airport, and open every day of the year, the International Antarctic Centre has a huge range of experiences guaranteed to entertain the whole family. Be chilled in our incredible Antarctic storm room. Be thrilled on an all-terrain vehicle tour. Make friends with penguins and huskies. Learn about the first expeditions, modern day life on Scott Base and the future of humanity on the ice. Be amazed through the big screen ice tour and astonished within the immersive 4D theatre. In just a few hours here the icy continent will create memories to last a lifetime. It’s cold. It’s cool. It’s waiting to be discovered by you.

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Our explorers: Roald Amundsen

On the 14th of December, 1911, humanity arrived at the South Pole. Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen set off on his expedition from his Antarctic base with four men and 52 dogs. At the time Amundsen’s feat would be both lauded and maligned. Discover the sacrifice (and scandal) and meet the very special breed of dog that made it possible.

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Lines in the ice: How the ‘bergs gain their stripes

No, this isn’t photoshop. These icebergs really are crossed with all types of weird and wonderful lines.

These beautiful ‘artworks’ occur for a number of reasons, with different colours appearing due to different circumstances.

Blue stripes are the most common.…

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Breakfast with the penguins?

Looking for a delicious and unique breakfast experience for your group? We’ve got just the place.
The menu’s great, the view’s spectacular and the service is backed by our little friends in feathered tuxedos. Trust us… everything will go swimmingly.


Celebrate your birthday with us!

Their big day deserves a suitably big location. We’ve got the fifth largest continent ready to go…

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