We are re-opening in time for Queen's Birthday weekend! 9am - 4.30pm Sat May 30th - Mon June 1st

We are re-opening in time for Queen's Birthday weekend! 9am - 4.30pm Sat May 30th - Mon June 1st

Visitor Info


Leave the lugging of heavy goods to the huskies and their sleds and store your luggage in our convenient and cost-effective lockers.

For visitors travelling to and from Christchurch airport our secure, coin-operated luggage lockers are a lifesaver (or, at least, a lower-back pain saver).

These lockers are located outside the front of the centre, and they come in a variety of sizes to accommodate a huge range of bag sizes. Charges for the lockers are $2.50 for up to 3 hours or $3.50 for up to 5 hours.


Worried about missing out on all the information of our exhibits? Need an expert perspective on an Antarctic tour? Don’t have the energy to endure a family member droning endlessly about John Carpenter’s classic film, The Thing? We’ve got just the answer…

If you’d appreciate a helpful voice to guide you around the Antarctic Centre we have a personalised commentary available on lightweight audio guides.

Audio Guide hire is $10 per unit, and they can be booked with your ticket. These guides are available in English, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Thai, German, French and Spanish and a special children’s tour is also available.

The great man himself, Sir Edmund Hillary, narrates the English language version. We can’t think of a better guide to show you the sights of the Antarctic. 


Have you seen our penguins driving around Christchurch? The Penguin Express is the free shuttle from the city to the Antarctic Centre.

The shuttle pick-up and drop-off stop in the city is located outside the Canterbury Museum in Rolleston Ave.

The Penguin Express departs from Canterbury Museum at 9.00am, 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm daily.

The shuttle departs International Antarctic Centre at 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

Please note: The Penguin Express is a service only for visitors to the Antarctic Centre.


We are wheelchair accessible.

We have wheel chair lifts to access our meeting rooms on the mezzanine floor and in the attraction to gain access to the Penguin viewing area. Disabled access is provided throughout the attraction.

Travelling in the Hägglund requires that you are able to board and disembark unassisted.

If travelling by car there are 3 designated accessible parking spaces available for your use at the entrance.


There are toilets available at the entrance to the attraction as well as in the attraction next to the 4D exit for your convenience.

These are also wheelchair accessible and have baby changing facilities.


We’re confident that the memories you make here will last a lifetime. But why take anything to chance? Take a little piece of Antarctica home with you in the shape of a gift, souvenir and memento. 

At our retail outlets you’ll discover a wide range of not-so-hidden treasures. Be it exciting gifts for friends and family, or a special keepsake for you, there’s always something super-cool or heart-warming to be found on the shelves. 

The Attraction shop is open from 9am until 5.30pm each day. So there’s plenty of time to undertake a retail quest of your own.


As all good explorers know, you need to keep your engine fuelled up to have the energy necessary to move from point A to B. With all the amazing points in our centre you’ll certainly need some delectable fuel to sustain the journey.

Our popular café is open daily from 8:30am until 4:30pm, with indoor and outdoor seating areas, the focus of this café is on delicious, fresh, seasonal food served in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Here you’ll find a range of tasty menu options to fuel your explorations. We pride ourselves on our handcrafted baked goods and, with a number of gluten and dairy-free options, there’s something for everyone (excluding the penguins and huskies – they’ve got their own special diets).