The International Antarctic Centre

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Timings : 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Time Required : 3-5 hours

Entry Fee : Adult - NZD 59
Child - NZD 29

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The International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch Overview

Established in 1922, the International Antarctic Centre is one of the most unique tourist attractions in New Zealand. Tucked away a quick 15-minute drive away from central Christchurch, the International Antarctic Centre is located right across Christchurch International Airport. The International Antarctic Centre is also a vital centre for awareness and information regarding the Antarctic continent.

A response to the growing need for an institution that underlined the importance of Christchurch as a gateway to the Antarctic, the International Antarctic Centre showcases the important work that scientists do at Antarctica. It is one of Christchurch’s most visited tourist attractions and has welcomed millions of visitors since opening.

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Tickets and Prices

Adult (ages 15+) - NZD 59
Child (ages 5-15) - NZD 29
Senior/Student - NZD 45
Family (2 adults+3 children) - NZD 149

Timings

9 AM - 5:30 PM
The International Antarctic Centre is open 365 days a year.

Things to Do

Storm Room

Storm Room
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The Storm Room also provides visitors to the centre the opportunity to experience the harsh cold winds of Antarctica. Sub-zero temperatures inside a polar room with -18 degree Celsius winds lash at you as you find yourself in the midst of an Antarctic storm. For the true bravehearts, take a dive into frigid waters to experience the polar plunge.

Hagglund Ride

Hagglund
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The Hägglund is an all-terrain vehicle that was purpose-built to handle the harsh and rugged conditions of the Antarctic continent. The International Antarctic Centre offers visitors the chance to take a ride in the Hägglund as it gives passengers an idea of the rugged terrain that this amphibious vehicle tackles.

Penguins

Little Blue Penguins at IAC
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The International Antarctic Centre is home to a colony of rescued little blue penguins. Feeding times at 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM allow visitors to see how these little blue penguins feed.

4D-Theatre

A four-dimensional theatre that takes you on a journey across the stark beauty of the Antarctic through a visceral experience. Throughout the short movie, have light water spraying your face and your seats move around, the 4D theatre is an exhilarating viewing experience.

Huskies

Huskies
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Huskies are synonymous with Antarctic exploration and the enduring images of husky-led sleds are an indispensable part of expeditions. The Husky Cuddle Zone at the International Antarctic Centre allows visitors to get up-close and personal with these adorable furry friends.

Behind the Scenes Tour

The behind the scenes tour of the International Antarctic Centre offers visitors an in-depth perspective of the centre.

VIP Penguin Backstage Pass
Adult (ages 15+) - NZD 25
Child (ages 5-15) - NZD 15
Family (2 adults+3 children) - NZD 80
Senior/Student - NZD 20
Premium Penguin Caregiver Group Tour
Adult (ages 15+) - NZD 25
Child (ages 5-15) - NZD 15
Family (2 adults+3 children) - NZD 80
Senior/Student - NZD 20
Breakfast with Penguins Pass
Adult - NZD 68 

60 South Cafe

After a long day of exploring the Antarctic continent in Christchurch, visitors can head to the 60 South Cafe that offers great food with both indoor and outdoor seating.

IAC Retail Shop

Gift shop
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The IAC Retail Shop gives visitors the perfect chance to buy souvenirs to take home or as a gift. The retail shop at the IAC is open from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

How To Reach The International Antarctic Centre

  • Located on 38 Orchard Road (between Memorial Ave and Wairakei Rd), Christchurch Airport, the International Antarctic Centre is a short 5-minute walk away from the airport.
  • The Penguin Express shuttle bus picks up and drops off passengers from outside the Canterbury Museum in Rolleston Avenue.
  • The buses leave at hourly intervals beginning at 9 AM, and leave from the International Antarctic Centre at hourly intervals from 9:30 AM onwards.
Penguin Express shuttle
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