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Next to the airport in Christchurch you can travel to a whole lot of Antarctica. Since 1992 we’ve been transporting visitors to an incredible world of ice and mystery, ambition and endeavour.

Located on the International Antarctic Programme’s working campus at Christchurch Airport, the centre has become renowned as one of New Zealand’s most diverse and dynamic tourist attractions. The range of interactive experiences here provides fun, education and excitement for visitors of all ages.

We take pride in delivering an inclusive and engaging centre. We hope our visitors are surprised at what’s on offer. Yes you can look around this website to get an idea of what’s here. But there’s nothing to compare to turning a corner in our attraction and stepping into an incredible, awe-inspiring scene.

Here you’ll experience real snow and ice and you’ll survive an indoor Antarctic storm. You’ll learn about life at Scott Base and see what it takes to work on the ice. You’ll hang out with Little Blue Penguins and snuggle in with huskies. There’s also the exciting Hägglund ride, an awesome 4D theatre, a massive HD screen and lots, lots more.

Film flippers: our 5 favourite penguin movies

Be it dancing or surfing, plodding or plotting, one thing’s for sure – penguins have plenty of star power on the silver screen. Here are our five favourite penguin movies. What are yours?

5) Surf’s Up. Released within a year…

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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.

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