Holiday Programmes

There’s no cooler school holiday inspiration and entertainment

Need a unique school holiday programme in Christchurch that will provide life-long memories? Why not send them to Antarctica? Adventure, fun, excitement and enlightenment – it’s all waiting for them here.

Enrol your children in one of our Antarctic Academy Programmes and we’ll entertain them and educate them about all things Antarctic. They’ll discover our little blue penguins, ride the Hägglund, find out how to survive in Antarctica, go exploring around the centre, play games and much, much more!

We have a range of programmes guaranteed to excite, inspire and educate:

Experience Antarctica Daily Programmes


Book for a day, experience Antarctic life and learn about a specific element of life on the ice. Book for the week and travel far and wide (metaphorically) across the icy continent!

Various daily themes, each with their own fun and interactive activities

The themes for each day are:
LIVING IN ANTARCTICA: Put on some genuine Antarctic clothing and pitch a polar tent to protect from the elements.
COUNTRIES OF ANTARCTICA: Discover what countries are where and design your own Antarctic base.
ANTARCTIC EXPLORERS: Could you survive in Antarctica? Take the challenge and find out.
ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: There is more than just penguins in Antarctica! Discover all the wondrous species.
ACROSS THE ICE: Find out what it takes to be a Hägglund driver.

This is suitable for children aged 6 – 12 yrs and runs from 9am – 3.30pm. Cost $69/child. Multi day (5+ days) discount available – please email education@iceberg.co.nz for the promo code.

Please note: a minimum number of bookings are required for this programme to operate.

Next Dates: 19 -Fri 23 April and Tues 27 -Fri 30th April

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Husky Heroes Programme


It’s time to experience the super-cool world of the husky, spending time with a Husky Handler and his intelligent and beautiful dog. 

Lead by our Education Team, children will first learn what it takes to own a Husky and how to safely approach dogs. They’ll discover how Huskies can survive in sub zero temperatures. Then they’ll get to experience such an environment first-hand with their new canine friends, courtesy of an Antarctic storm in our snow and ice room.

This is suitable for children aged 8 – 13 yrs and runs from 9.00am – 3.30pm. Cost $79.

Please note: a minimum number of bookings are required for this programme to operate.

Next Dates: 19 -Fri 23 April and Tues 27 -Fri 30th April

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Be an Antarctic Penguin Keeper for a day

For an immersive journey into the world of the smallest penguin in the world, there is nothing quite like a day spent learning from our specialist keepers.

What does it take to look after the world’s smallest penguin? What do they eat? Where do they sleep? Do they really dance and/or surf in Hawaii like those animated films would have us believe?

In this ‘deep dive’ into aquatic avian life children join our penguin keepers at the penguin encounter facility, assisting them in their daily routine to look after our wild and wonderful Little Blue Penguins. This experience includes exclusive back stage access to the Vet Room, Plant Room and Penguin Feeding Pulpit. It’s the type of behind-the-scenes encounter that lifelong memories are made of.

This is suitable for children aged 10 – 13 yrs and runs from 9.00am – 3.30pm. Cost $79.

Please note: a minimum number of bookings are required for this programme to operate.

Next Dates: 19 -Fri 23 April and Tues 27 -Fri 30th April

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Antarctic Aerospace Missions

Technology has been a key enabler for Antarctic exploration since the days of Sir Edmund Hillary to the present. Explore the development and use of technology in Antarctica from the husky sleds to the snow-master tractor to the Hägglund to the future of space exploration at the International Antarctic Centre. Experience the extremes of Antarctica in the snow and ice room and learn how Antarctic bases have been designed to withstand extreme conditions and to apply recycling technology.

Astronaut training

Learn about some of the challenges of space travel as you get suited up in space suits ready for a day of activities including designing a parachute for a Mars landing, checking out the food NASA Astronauts eat and buckling up for your own adventure aboard our Hägglund.

Robotics

Landings on Mars is our next big space adventure so join our group of Aerospace experts and design and construct your own Nano rover capable of landing on Mars, participate in the bee bot challenge and learn more about what it takes to explore space.

The Moon

Let’s go to the moon! Spacesuits are essential in this environment so on this adventure children will be kitted out in their spacesuits and then immerse themselves in designing their ’home’ on the moon. Learn about the lunar environment, what do they need to get there and survive and then design your own lunar station.

Telescopes

Antarctica provides an amazing dark sky (in winter) to see into space. Being part of this programme children will learn more about Telescopes, use Science Alive Telescopes to detect an object and build their own 3D model telescope to take home.

Rocketry

NZ is leading advancements in rocket launches into space. Be part of this exciting future; start learning basics of rocket design and build and even complete a test launch of your own rocket.

Mars

Mars exploration is a new Frontier. Why did Mars become such a cold and extreme environment? Learn about the Geology and geography of Mars and working as a team plan and design your mission to Mars base which is not only for your survival but also sustainable!

This is suitable for children aged 9 – 13 yrs and runs from 9am – 3.30pm. $69/child.

Please note: a minimum number of bookings are required for this programme to operate.

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