New Zealand

International Antarctic Centre

Location:Christchurch & Canterbury

The Antarctic Attraction is located in the heart of a working Antarctic campus here at Christchurch International Airport. It is from here that many Antarctic missions are organised. With this in mind the Antarctic Attraction is designed to bring a powerful and memorable experience of Antarctica to visitors in a fun, exciting, informative and commercially successful way.

The Aquarium displays some of the actual specimens from the Antarctic ocean floor in McMurdo Sound. Explore the Gallery area which is packed full of informative displays showcasing modern day Antarctica, including the Antarctic Treaty partners, the human impact on the continent, the wildlife and plant systems and Antarctica’s effect on the globe. The Gallery area encourages ‘touching’ of most of the exhibits to ensure visitors experience Antarctica in a fun and interactive way.

  • 4 Seasons Of Antarctica - Learn of the stories and hut legacies left by the great Antarctic explorers Scott and Shackleton and experience the stunning light and sound show.
  • Antarctic Storm - Chill out and experience the word's first indoor Antarctic storm.  This safe all weather indoor polar room is chilled to 5 degrees celsius and is fun for all ages.
  • Hagglund ride - Climb aboard the amazing Hagglund genuine as-used-in-Antarctica all terrain vehicle, sit back, hold on and experience travelling across rough terrain in this unique and exciting machine!
  • Penguin Encounter - The Penguin Encounter is New Zealand's first combined indoor/outdoor Penguin viewing area with capacity to hold up to 26 Little Blue Penguins in a Banks Peninsula natural-themed environment that can be accessed on two levels.
  • Ice Voyage - Experience a simulated cruise to Antarctica with spectacularly stunning scenery and realistic animal close ups, together with the excitement of the special 4D effects that will excite the senses and enhance the experience.
  • Husky Zone - Welcome to the Husky Cuddle Zone.  Get up close and personal with some of these beautiful dogs in the cuddle zone.
  • HD Theatre - 'Beyond the Frozen Sunset' plays on the massive HD screen and featuring breathtaking scenery, follows a seasonal arc from sunset to sunrise weaving its path elements of immensity that make up this earth's most inhospitable continent, Antarctica.
  • The Antarctic Gallery -  Antarctica...The coldest, driest and windiest place on earth and more than 98% covered in ice.  Incredibly dangerous, the earth's 5th largest continent radiates a magical feeling across its untouched vast wilderness of white.  Globally important for environmental and climate research, Antarctica is also home to enchanting penguins, seals and wildlife and features spectacular seasonal light displays (aurora's), stunning glaciers, ice formations and pressure ridges.  Then there are the amazing stories of the historically significant intrepid Antarctic explorers.  Antarctica is simply one of the world's most amazing places and truly the only place on earth that is still as it should be.

Opening hours -  9am to 5.30pm daily (including Christmas Day) 

Free Penguin Express Shuttle available

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