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International Antarctic Centre
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International Antarctic Centre featuring interior views
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.

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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Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
45 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch
The price is NZ$119 per night from 19 Jun. to 19 Jun.
Located in Burnside, this eco-friendly motel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Russley Golf Club and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from University of Canterbury. International Antarctic ...
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"Onsite restaurant which was very busy that night. Food was ok"

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Jucy Snooze Christchurch
Jucy Snooze Christchurch
5 out of 5
5 Peter Leeming Road, Burnside, Christchurch
The price is NZ$148 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of International Antarctic Centre and Russley Golf Club. Omarino Wine Park and Jellie Park ...
4.1/5Very Good! (998 reviews)
"Liked the hostel beds. A fun way to backpack"

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Sudima Christchurch Airport
Sudima Christchurch Airport
4.5 out of 5
550 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
"Excellent hotel. The food seemed expensive but the portions were huge!"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2020

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Airport Lodge Motel
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3 out of 5
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The price is NZ$114 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
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Jucy Snooze Christchurch
Jucy Snooze Christchurch
5 out of 5
5 Peter Leeming Road, Burnside, Christchurch
The price is NZ$148 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
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4 out of 5
45 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch
The price is NZ$119 per night from 19 Jun. to 19 Jun.
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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
4.5 out of 5
30 Durey Road, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch, NZ
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4.5 out of 5
55 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch
The price is NZ$154 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
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4.5 out of 5
56 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch
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Commodore Airport Hotel
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449 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch
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Airport Apartment Christchurch
Airport Apartment Christchurch
298 Russley Rd, Christchurch, Canterbury
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