Huskies | International Antarctic Centre


Scientists agree, there’s nothing in this world like a cuddle with a husky

Our Husky Cuddle Zone has been set up to give visitors a true hands-on experience with these incredible animals. Beautiful, intelligent and friendly, there’s no wonder these visitors rate our canines 10 out of 10.

The story of exploration in Antarctica is the story of the husky. When the bitter cold and brutal conditions proved unsuitable for horses, explorers looked for a tough, intelligent and hardworking travelling companion. Huskies stepped up to the job.

Since then they’ve been the main form of transport, pulling sleds for teams right up until 1994.

We’ve partnered with Husky Rescue NZ to bring these gorgeous animals in to the International Antarctic Centre. Visitors are welcome to sit down with them for cuddles and selfies – they’re very photogenic!

The huskies are at the International Antarctic Centre from 9.30am – 5pm (with a lunch break between 12.30 – 1.30pm).

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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.