Antarctic Centre

Experience the wonder and magic of Antarctica without leaving Christchurch, at one of New Zealand’s best, award winning tourist attractions. The International Antarctic Centre is your destination for authentic, interactive fun and provides an exciting experience of Antarctica for visitors of all ages. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 2 or 92 – there’s hours of fun here for everyone.
o Visit ‘Antarctica’ – the snow and ice experience,
o Survive an Antarctic Storm,
o Learn about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base,
o Hang out with Little Blue Penguins!
o There’s also the famously exciting Hagglund ride (additional cost)
o Experience an awesome simulated 4D cruise, Happy Feet 4D, plus heaps more! (additional cost)
It’s quite possibly the closest you’ll get to Antarctica without mounting your own expedition!


Hagglund Ride

Climb aboard for an adrenalin and fun filled ride on the amazing all terrain amphibious Antarctic vehicle – the Hagglund! Sit back, buckle up, hold on and prepare to experience what it’s like travelling across rough terrain in this unique and exciting machine.

The ride is highly authentic and exciting and simulates the conditions scientists experience riding in a Hagglund across the ice and over mounds, up and down hills, across crevasses and through water!


 Hang out with the Little Blue Penguins

The Penguin Encounter is New Zealand’s first combined indoor/outdoor Penguin viewing area with capacity to hold up to 26 Little Blue Penguins and allows visitors to view Little Blue Penguins in a Banks Peninsula natural-themed environment that can be accessed on two levels.

Prices – EXAMPLE ONLY Oct. – April
  • Adult – over 16 yrs
  • Child – 5-15 yrs
  • Under 5 free
Adult $129
Child $99


Tour Times Oct. – April
  • Meeting at the end wharf
  • Please meet at least 15 mins prior to departure
  • Departs CHC for return trip to Akaroa at 3pm
Departure 9:30am
Returns at 4:30pm