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Meeting Room and Function Venue Hire

Host your Christchurch meeting or function at the coolest venue in town! We have a range of options including daytime meetings and conferences, through to full cocktail and evening functions in our silked Atrium. The International Antarctic Centre offers guests the opportunity to experience for themselves the awe-inspiring beauty of Antarctica, while its versatility of space, exceptional service and quality catering makes it suitable for all manner of functions.

Meeting and Conference Room

We have meeting room available for your daytime function. The Sir Ed Room can hold 20 table style, or 40 theatre style.  Our in-house caterers will manage your catering requirements.


Sir Edmund Hillary Room


Sir Ed Hillary Room:

Located on our mezzanine floor, the Sir Ed Room offers views over our atrium area and natural light.

Capacity:- Theatre Style: 40 Board Room: 20  


Equipment – free hire!

The following equipment is provided free with room hire.

  • Data projector and screen
  • Whiteboard
  • Flipcharts
  • Wireless Internet Access


Find out more information about our IAC Function Rooms for Hire

Download an IAC Function Booking Form

For more information you can email us at or phone  03 357 0519.

Cocktails, Dinners and More

The Atrium is a superb venue for all number of events, from seated dinners through to cocktail evenings, balls and product launches.
Or we can arrange an elegant silk lined Marquee, set up alongside the Attraction to accommodate any number of guests for dinner and dancing.
For a unique breakfast event, why not try Breakfast with the Penguins?

The AtriumIceBar

An elegant dining space for up to 100 guests, the Atrium may also accommodate 300 guests for cocktail functions. Its spectacular hand-painted mural, dramatic lighting, silked lining and white marble floor combine to make the Atrium a highly presentable, functional and wholly unique venue.

Icebar & peopleTo ensure your event is truly one of the ‘coolest’ in town, guests can opt to include full or partial access to our indoor attraction including the Hagglund ride, ‘Antarctica’ the snow and Ice experience (with optional ice bar), 4D Extreme Theatre and the New Zealand Penguin Encounter.

Enquiries: Customer Services & Reservations, tel +64 3 357 0519


A silk-lined marquee offers a superb venue option and we can accommodate large numbers for dinner.

The marquee is set up adjacent to the Centre, and connected by way of a short undercover ramp and walkway. Silk linings, heating, lighting, round tables, chairs, dance floor and stage are supplied with the marquee and the result is quite magical. There are several marquee rental options priced from $45.00 + GST per guest, as well as configurations which offer larger groups an opportunity to experience this wonderful venue. Enquiries Martin Tunley, Continental, tel +64 3 311 8204

Breakfast with the Penguins

A unique product for groups at the Antarctic Centre is ‘Breakfast with the Penguins’, an early morning mix of a hearty buffet breakfast from our Café team with an educational presentation from one of our Rangers on Antarctica, all against a backdrop of swimming Little Blue penguins. Minimum 25 guests; maximum 40. Click here for more information on Breakfast With The Penguins