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International Antarctic Centre
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Take a trip to Antarctica to see the animals that live there and hear tales of the intrepid travellers who risked their lives to explore it.

Step into the Antarctic Storm Chamber to get a feel for life in sub-zero temperatures and experience a highly realistic simulation of an icy arctic wind. Climb aboard the all-terrain explorer vehicle and immerse yourself in the 4-D cinema show at the International Antarctic Centre.

Start your journey in the Four Seasons of Antarctica room where completely white surroundings and scale models of wooden huts will transport you to colder climates. Learn about the ill-fated mission of Robert Falcon Scott to be the first person to reach the South Pole, and be amazed as snow falls from the sky every few minutes.

After your icy introduction, enter the Snow and Ice Experience where the entire room is chilled to minus 5 degrees Celsius. Take on the wind chill machine and the world’s first indoor arctic storm that blows through every hour.

Warm your hands while you admire the centre’s adorable colony of Little Blue Penguins. Look on as they waddle around their enclosure and swim around a large tank. Be sure to come at feeding time that takes place in the morning and late in the afternoon.

If you are feeling adventurous you can go for a ride on the Haaglund. This all-terrain, amphibious vehicle will take you around the specially built off-road course that includes steep hills and a deep pond.

After that it’s time to put your feet up at the 4-D cinema. This unique sequence film shot around Antarctica will take you on a cruise through rough seas past breathtaking landscapes. Special effects mean that you can even feel the wind in your hair and the water on your face.

The International Antarctic Centre is located a five-minute walk from Christchurch International Airport. It is a 20-minute drive from the middle of town with regular public transport available. The centre is open all week and there is an entry fee for all ages. You can grab a bite to eat at the café or pick up toys and postcards at the souvenir shop.

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5 out of 5
5 Peter Leeming Road, Burnside, Christchurch
The price is NZ$92 per night from 28 Feb. to 1 Mar.

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Sudima Christchurch Airport
Sudima Christchurch Airport
4.5 out of 5
550 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch
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Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from International Antarctic Centre, and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Canterbury and ...

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Novotel Christchurch Airport
4.5 out of 5
30 Durey Road, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch, NZ
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Situated in the suburbs, this luxury hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from International Antarctic Centre, and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Canterbury and Riccarton ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (108 reviews)

"Overnight stay before early flight - very comfy, clean and perfect location to get a proper nights rest. Didn’t use any other facilities."…"

Reviewed on 25 Aug. 2020

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3 Mar. 2020

Fantastic value for your money. Allow at least 3 hours

4/5 - Good

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27 Feb. 2020

My 5 year old did not like the ride at all, he was terrified.. Very bumpy ride and he couldn't see out so every bump and move was a shock for him and too much

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Mar. 2019

Enjoyed everything! Lovely to see blue penguins up close and the ride in the tractor thing they use in the Antarctic was lots of fun. And the room where they can simulate a storm with lots of wind and very cold was an experience on its own! Thoroughly recommend it.

5/5 - Excellent

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22 Mar. 2019

On previous trips have missed this. Terrific attraction for all but very young

5/5 - Excellent

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17 Dec. 2018

Great place to take the kids, great educational experience.

3/5 - Okay

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31 Oct. 2018

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Jucy Snooze Christchurch
Jucy Snooze Christchurch
5 out of 5
5 Peter Leeming Road, Burnside, Christchurch
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Sudima Christchurch Airport
Sudima Christchurch Airport
4.5 out of 5
550 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch
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Novotel Christchurch Airport
Novotel Christchurch Airport
4.5 out of 5
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Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
45 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch
The price is NZ$98 per night from 23 Mar. to 24 Mar.
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Airport Lodge Motel
3 out of 5
105 Roydvale Avenue, Christchurch
The price is NZ$96 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.
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Commodore Airport Hotel
4.5 out of 5
449 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch
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Airport Delta Motel
3 out of 5
61 Roydvale Avenue, Christchurch
The price is NZ$155 per night from 26 Feb. to 27 Feb.
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4.5 out of 5
56 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch
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298 Russley Rd, Christchurch, Canterbury
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