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International Antarctic Centre

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Published October 22nd 2014
A cool experience to remember
Have you ever wanted to visit the Antarctic but couldn't find the time in your schedule to you know...visit the Antarctic?

Well, here's a solution for you. Located in Christchurch, is the International Antarctic Centre.

The International Antarctic Centre has established itself as one of the must-do tourist attractions for everyone visiting Christchurch.Conveniently located right across of Christchurch Airport, its location is incredibly authentic and offers visitors of all ages a chance to experience life in the Antarctic without having to go to the Antarctic.

There are also plenty of accommodation options nearby for when you want to escape the harsh winter conditions of the Antarctic.

International Antarctic Centre. Image Source:

The Antarctic centre allows you to experience the sudden and dramatic weather conditions as there is a storm every six minutes. You can play in real snow and ice, learn about the day to day life in modern day Antarcica and even mingle with little blue penguins via the Penguin Encounter. The Penguin Encounter is New Zealand's first combined indoor/outdoor penguin viewing area.

international antarctic centre four season room
Four Seasons Room in the International Antarctic Centre

Where else will you be able to experience the freezing temperatures of the Antarctic in an environment this safe! The Snow & Ice experience allows you to slide down an cy slop and take shelter in an ice cave. Warm jackets and overshoes are provided but you should probably leave the sandals at home for this one.

You don't have to worry about booking a flight to the Antarctic anymore. The Internatioal Antarctic Centre is a fantastic place to bring the entire family for a cool experience that you're not soon to forget.

More Information:
International Antarctic Centre Website:
Address: 38 Orchard Road (between Memorial Ave and Wairakei Rd), Christchurch Airport
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Phone: 64 3 357 0519
Where: 38 Orchard Road Christchurch Airport 8053 New Zealand
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