We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

International Antarctic Centre

Features Animals
Open Now: 09:00 - 17:30
Open today: 09:00 - 17:30
International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
From US$41.38*
International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket
From US$41.38*
All photos (1,081)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hagglund ride”(368 reviews)
“snow storm”(220 reviews)
“penguin feeding”(198 reviews)
It's the ultimate Antarctic adventure! Experience the dramatic seasonal lighting in the four seasons of Antarctica show where it 'snows' every 6 minutes. Venture out on to 'the ice' from Scott Base to play in 'Antarctica' the snow & ice experience...more
Open Now
Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:30
See all hours
38 Orchard Road | International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-357 0519
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience International Antarctic Centre
from US$41.38
More Info
from US$115.72
More Info
from US$164.81
More Info
from US$101.69
More Info
Reviews (2,458)
Filter reviews
2,313 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews hagglund ride snow storm penguin feeding blue penguins storm room cold room wind chill antarctic experience terrain vehicle d movie obstacle course close to the airport all ages free shuttle christchurch airport great fun few hours
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 2,313 reviews
Reviewed today

A series of rooms show different experiences of Antarctic life, including experiencing an Antarctic storm and viewing penguins being fed, while outside there is an opportunity to take a ride on the tracked vehicles used on the ice through some challenging terrain and patting some...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank davewilson2018
Reviewed today

Well worth spending a couple of hours exploring the various sections and learning a little about the Antartic.Have an offroad trip in the HAGGLUND which is used to travel over the snow and ice , good fun.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank anyoldtut
Reviewed 2 days ago

The International Antarctic Centre is is excellent. You can ride in an Over-snow vehicle, see and pat Husky dogs ,get up close to Little Blue Penguins ,see films about the Antarctic and get to experience what it is like in a Blizzard. We recommend a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Joanne T
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our visit was marked by some of the most incredibly warm reception by the staff. We were taken care of by so many wonderful employees whether at the cafe, exhibits, huskie rescue, and Hagglund ride. Great staff!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Isaac H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Overall, we were disappointed in the museum. It seems to be more geared towards young kids or people who have shorter attention spans. We felt like the exhibit at the Canterbury Museum was really well done and provided more and better information (and is free)....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank redhead_roaming
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The museumlike exhibits are a bit dated and worn, but mostly very interesting and informative. Some of the extras were a little underwhelming (i.e the 4D theatre experience). The kids loved the Antarctic Storm and the Hagglund Ride was fantastic, especially for our eldest who...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank chrislT6285UW
Reviewed 5 days ago

Really interesting place. We particularly enjoyed the Hagglund Tour, the simulated Antarctic storm, stroking the huskies, and seeing how long we could hold our hands in ice-cold water. But there was much else, an enjoyable '4D' film, excellent displays, and a really good café. It...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank WeasB
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was the best way to wrap up our 10 day trip to SI.Wish we had more time,as 2 hours flew by and we didn't get to look at many exhibitions.However the main things to do were heaps if fun-blue penguins,storm experience,4D movie.I aborted the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Bernie R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although we only had 2.5 hrs to kill before needing to be at the airport, it was definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank richardrT3964DR
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been going to the Antactic Centre for years. Well worth a Visit while in Canterbury It's a real.eye opener to see how people live in Antarctica

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank brenttaurima
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 149 nearby hotels
Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
2,042 reviews
.16 km away
Commodore Airport Hotel, Christchurch
1,733 reviews
1.23 km away
Airport Lodge Motel
285 reviews
1.51 km away
Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
1,408 reviews
1.58 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,228 nearby restaurants
Pattersons Restaurant & Bar
184 reviews
1.24 km away
Cafe Raeward
190 reviews
1.34 km away
Hinton's Restaurant
88 reviews
.66 km away
Little India
99 reviews
.25 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 481 nearby attractions
Christchurch Airport i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
37 reviews
.58 km away
Mike Pero Motorcycle Gallery
7 reviews
1.60 km away
Russley Golf Club
8 reviews
1.03 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
10 January 2019|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Leanne V | Reviewed this property |
We spent about 3 hours there. When you arrive they will advise a couple of set times for activities such as the truck ride, the 4D film and the Antartica Room. That helped spread the visit out and we visited the other... More
Ian W
3 January 2019|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from gungho-traveller | Reviewed this property |
up to 20%-40% cheaper for adults if book thru bookme (strongly advised but no discount for child) on certain days and times. If no discount on your day/time of visit, book via their website, a bit cheaper OR look for 10% off... More
19 September 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Allgoodthyngs | Reviewed this property |
Check the Akaroa Shuttle availability with Viator. the shoreshipsandtours com website might also offer info on bookings. If it was me I'd hire a car, plenty to see and do along the way a fabulous drive, maybe do an... More