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Education Programmes

Antarctica is unlike any other place on Earth; its awesome landscape, intriguing wildlife and environmental significance is still as interesting today as it was to the first great Antarctic explorers. The frozen continent holds the record for the coldest temperatures on the planet, is classified as a desert and is the windiest place on the planet. Surrounded by the stormiest ocean in the world, Antarctica is the most remote and environmentally hostile of all places on Earth. Secrets kept within the ice hold the key to understanding environmental changes that occur on our planet that have a major impact on our ecosystem. This dangerous, untouched and beautiful continent has fascinated people for centuries, and your group will be too when they join our team for an engaging, entertaining and highly educational experience at the International Antarctic Centre.

Our education programmes are designed to suit your interests and learning needs.
We organize interactive curriculum-based programmes for Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, ESOL and International student groups, and fun and highly entertaining programmes for sports teams, community groups and school holiday programmes.

All our programmes include entry to the International Antarctic Centre and Penguin Encounter. The all-time favourite Hagglund ride and the stimulating 4D show ‘Ice Voyage’ are optional extras.

Click here for our Education Enquiry Contact Form

Click here to view our Education Brochure

Click here to view our Risk Assessment and Management System  for educational groups.

Primary and Secondary Education

Antarctica is like nowhere else in our world. This place is fascinating from physical, geographical, political and cultural aspects. So why not study Antarctica?

Complement and enhance your classroom learning with memorable educational experiences in a unique environment. Students will learn in a stimulating classroom and will explore the award-winning attraction’s exhibits experiencing the wonders of Antarctica. All our programmes include entry to The International Antarctic Centre and Penguin Encounter.

You can view our Education Brochure Here

Our hands-on and interactive education programmes are curriculum-based, and support all key competencies of The New Zealand Curriculum. These programmes are delivered by positive and enthusiastic education officers who enjoy sharing their knowledge and passion for Antarctica.

We endeavour to deliver educational programmes suited to the needs of your students. If we have not covered your topic of interest, please don’t hesitate to contact us; we will develop a customised programme to meet the requirements of your group.

Educational visits can be organized from 8.30 am any day of the week at any time of the year!

For enquiries and bookings, please contact us on: tel (03) 357 0519, or email us.



“Dear Jane and Ruth,

I just wanted to quickly email and say how impressed we all were with the time you gave us today! I really appreciated that you had read what we were learning about and tailored the programme to include it and address different aspects of it. All of the staff were really impressed with the quality of what we saw and the girls just loved it.

Thanks again,

Rachael Langley and Pat Willetts – Selwyn House School”

Tertiary Education

We run educational programmes for all tertiary groups including:

- Training organisations
- Universities
- Polytechnics
- Colleges
- Travel & tourism training providers
- Community tertiary groups
- English language tertiary groups

Programmes can be tailored to the group’s needs and may include the following components for travel & tourism:

  • looking at the International Antarctic Centre as a centre of excellence in the NZ tourism industry
  • marketing of the centre
  • tourism in Antarctica
  • living or working in Antarctica
  • job roles within a tourist attraction or the tourism industry
  • looking at interpretative aspects

We can also present a ‘general’ programme based around “Antarctica Revealed”, an entertaining and informative presentation.Tertiary programmes are available any day of the week at a time to suit you.


Community Education

Education is crucial to the improvement of the social and economic status of our local community and the International Antarctic Centre makes a significant and diverse contribution through our community education programme.

We offer visiting groups the opportunity to learn more about Antarctica through the expertise of teaching staff who combine flair and specialist knowledge with first-hand experience of the Great White Continent and Little Blue penguins.

Our programme is tailored to meet the needs of groups of up to 120 people and is set within a dedicated teaching room which enables easy access for people of all abilities. Groups may spend from one hour to half a day at the Centre depending on their individual needs.

Contact our Education team, tel +64 3 357 0519