International Antartic Centre

International Antartic Centre

Location: 38 Orchard Road, Christchurch Airport – A short 5-minute walk from the Christchurch Airport terminals. Follow the blue footprints starting outside the International Arrivals terminal. They will lead you right to the door!

What: “One of New Zealand’s best tourist attractions, the International Antarctic Centre near Christchurch airport provides visitors of all ages with an interactive, fun and exciting experience of Antarctica.”

Hours: Open every day of the year, including Christmas Day, from 9am to 5:30pm. They encourage you to have 2-3 hours to spend at the Antartic Centre.

Cafe hours: 8am to 5pm

Phone: 03 357 0519


Prices: Ticket prices for kids range from $15-35 and $25-65 for adults. There are also family passes (2 adults + 4 kids) that start at $80. You can view prices and packages here.

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Info from their site: ”
Explore our indoor attraction 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. Our gallery area encourages ‘touching’ of most of the exhibits to ensure visitors experience Antarctica in a fun and interactive way.

Visitors conclude their Antarctic journey with a 17 minute sound and light show “Beyond the Frozen Sunset”. Filmed by Emmy award winning film maker, Mike Single, it follows a seasonal arc from sunset to sunrise, weaving in stunning footage shot by mounting a camera to the underside of a helicopter.

This majestic audio visual show captivates its audience and leaves visitors with a moving experience of “having been there”.”