The Antarctic Attraction

The Antarctic Attraction

Reviews

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Lars Grosse

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place to spend a rainy day in Christchurch. We hadn't thought about Antarctica a lot beforehand. This centre gives you quite a good idea and offers a lot of fun activities for the whole family.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Bernd Giermann

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Informative and for kids, expensive.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Per Bang

England

Ranking: 8/10

Very informative and gave you a real taste of the conditions these explorers worked in.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Dubrulle

France

Ranking: 9/10

Very interesting museum with so many activities on the Antarctic. People there are very kind.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Mary Tan

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

Go for it , spend about 3hrs to enjoy varies activities you can only experience in Antarctic here. Don't miss the 10.30am or 3.30pm blue penguins feeding time where you can have close encounters with them, 4D extreme Theatre is a must too , very beautiful amazing !

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Matt Lohmeyer

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Great attraction - three hours well spent - don't go for the short visit unless you really don't have time for the whole thing. My only complaint - the snowstorm was a bit tame...

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Gavin Moffatt

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic show - drive on the ice tractor depicts just what it is like to drive on ice in Antarctica. The 4D movie of the ship travelling to the South Pole is so realistic, you even get showered with spray coming over the bow of the ship. Seats move with the ships movement over the waves.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lars Schuett

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very detailed information provided. Great activities such as the cooling room which got down to -18 degrees.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Thomas Stuber

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Kind of a museum about the Antarctic and everything around. Rides in a snow mobile and standing in an arctic storm - quite expensive!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Angela Neville

New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

A fun activity for the kids, but way overpriced and they haven't added or changed much since we were there about 5 years ago!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Neil Beckett

New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

Not at all brown away with this experience.

The highlight was the Hagland ride.

We took a 6 year, who expected to see more Penguins. The storm was too noisy and scared her the 4D movie was not really suitable for under 10's, the screaming from all the kids was not a good experience.

It was OK, but the price didn't feel right. $160 for three of us ?

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Paul Kelly

Australia

Ranking: 5/10

We were disappointed in this for the price we paid. Haggling ride was good, and storm room not too bad, but the rest was ordinary.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in September 2012

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Lorna Williams

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Quite expensive but interesting. Young children got quite bored. Hagland ride was included in the price.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Delore

France

Ranking: 4/10

For children only - penguins and antarctic wind simulation.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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peterpiper

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This was a really interesting place about Antarctica. They even had a snow storm room where you can see what real cold is like. Definitely worth visiting. Christchurch is a beautiful city and we had a great night out at the bars in Riccarton

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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David & Sue Lokkerbol

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Very good for a 1/2 day experience but would have been diffiult to fill a whole day.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Kimothy

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Is pricey but unique. Was expecting more from the snow storm - am used to Wellington winds so 40km ph felt like a breeze. Penguins were cute. Kids loved the haggling ride, especially my 3 yo. The Luggage lockers were really handy.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Thyg Lingdal

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Impressive and informative.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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pauls1892

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great fun way to learn about the Antarctic. You even get to experience a blizzard, well worth a visit.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Jerryusa57

United States

Ranking: 10/10

This is a very unique place about the south pole. You can experience a blizzard and see penguins. Fully Reccommend it

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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qofd

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Something a bit different. Probably wouldn't have gone if not on holiday...a little pricey. Didn't see the penguin feeding as they had a problem with it. Haglund ride not for the faint hearted...it's a pretty rough ride...surprisingly so. Enjoyed the 4d movie and the staff were friendly and helpful. Good place to take the kids. Cannot recommend the cafeteria. They reheat their food in a microwave....and not for long enough.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Jeff Cerjan

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Lots of interaction, kids enjoyed it. Did 'backstage' and got close up view of penguin (in our sons lap once), Haglund ride was cool. 4D movie was neat - would recommend!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Buss

Spain

Ranking: 7/10

OK but not much to see.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Andrew Hammond

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

A little expensive but enough displays and information to keep the adults and the kids interested.
One of those attractions that falls into the "a little expensive but what the heck we are on holiday" category.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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hughesW

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good. Slightly expensive but lots of info so you can spend a decent 2-3 hours there. Plenty there to entertain all ages.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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Bruce_M

New Zealand

Ranking: 1/10

Interesting establishment but expensive in the extreme for what is on offer. I agree with an eralier comment that the Canterbury Museum is every bit as informative to what this place has on offer.
It's a tourist trap which as a New Zealander, I found embarrassing in the least

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in September 2009

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Chung Family

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Very expensive for an Antartic centre $143.00 (2A + 3C). It was good there was an ice side which was very slippery. The audio visual was good and theres a snowstorm that goes down to -18*C

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Lloyd Shephard

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Very enjoyable experience.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Arnold

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very interesting.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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CharlotteC

England

Ranking: 8/10

An informative centre about the Antarctic (lots of things to read and films to watch). A storm room filled with snow and ice and minus 8 degrees with a chill wind of minus 17 degrees. A sanctuary for Little Blue Penguins - good to watch at feeding time, and a ride on a Hagalund - which was really good fun.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Deede K

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

it's possible to get a translation in German. Riding in the Haggerlund mobile is very funny and exciting.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Chance McGuire

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Haagland ride made it worth every penny!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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middendorp

Netherlands

Ranking: 5/10

The outdoor action and exhibition were nice but the price was too high.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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alasiac

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Expensive for what you get, but informative about research, cool video, and fun ride in the Haagland. Also, you get to survive at -18 degrees!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Johnnie

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Family orientated. Lots to see and do - great for rainy days.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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andriesk

Netherlands

Ranking: 5/10

Price was too high for the content. Although the snow blizzard was interesting - but given the reality, probably not severe enough.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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VenesJ

Norway

Ranking: 7/10

To much money for the experience.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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joevw

Australia

Ranking: 3/10

Place was good but price is appalling. Our tour books said $31 p/p but they have amalgamated a ride and upped price to $48 p/p. The ride was not allowed for many medical reasons.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Mark Coffey

United Kingdom

Ranking: 2/10

don't do it waste of time and money.Grab a library card and get 241 if you do.

and dont go on the penguin bus get the Number 10 from bus exchange with a metro pass WAY CHEAPER

if you going Dunedin,oamaru,Catlins you'll see plenty of blue penguins

storm room is ok.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in August 2008

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pattie

New Zealand

Ranking: 1/10

Over rated over priced and over it

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Sally477

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Very expensive for what it is. The really cold room is good fun but the highlight for me was the little blue penguins! They were so cute and seeing them at feeding time was especially good. This place was a good time-filler before going to the airport.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Jan

Denmark

Ranking: 6/10

From an adults point of view fine but for a foreign child difficult to understand & learn.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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kate Smith

New Zealand

Ranking: 2/10

hummm-- ok- but - -too expensive and staff seemed keen to move us through.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Rory

United Kingdom

Ranking: 4/10

Expensive, interesting.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Jan

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Was nice, not more than that; price a little high.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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max deloare

New Zealand

Ranking: 2/10

I took the whole family last weekend and was blow away at the cost. It is just not good value for money. What is much better is the free antarctic display area at the museum near the park in the central city. It is free and facinating plus loads of other stuff to see.

For kiwi families on a budget avoid. Tourist trap.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Debbie Mossman

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

O.K. to pass time on a rainy day. Some interesting features but generally disappointing. Cafe awful...only bad coffee on my whole trip!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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stueug

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

if you've time and are interested in the Antarctic, then this is a place for you. It explains to you all about the expeditions, wild life, history aswell as others. The Hagglund ride should definately being partaken in! The storm chamber is also worth doing.
The have big luggage lockers at affordable rates. Airport is dead opposite, so you can do this before you fly.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Ken

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great example of what Antarctic might be like. Haggland ride and storm area an excellent feature.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Sam Prior

United Kingdom

Ranking: 3/10

The biggest waste of $35 ever! It should be free.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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fgregory

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Penguin Quest 08 ended at the Antarctic Attraction. We were unsuccessful in spotting penguins in the wild, but really enjoyed seeing the little blues at the center during feeding time. The exhibits were interesting, but a little too geared for kids. Well worth a visit though.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Lorraine Wallis

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Was really fun to visit, as it was cold inside the storm was a real novelty!

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Chrysa Charitou

Greece

Ranking: 9/10

So much fun there, see penguins & get to the storm room where temp drops tp -18degreesC. It's so coooold... :)

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Teresa Wallis

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Really exciting in the storm room, advise to dress in warm clothing.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Nicole

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

A lot of information is offered which makes it a very interesting activity.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Paul McDonell

England

Ranking: 8/10

Really enjoyed it, especially the snow/storm room!

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Rebekah Holbrook

England

Ranking: 9/10

Really informative. Worth the visit.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Simon Chettleburgh

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Very Informative. Enjoyed the cold room and the Haggland ride.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Aske Helbor

Denmark

Ranking: 3/10

A little bit expensive for what we got.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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ranker_734

Ranking: 5/10

A little less than I expected.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Rene Schotvanger

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Lots of information about animals was nice.

Reviewed about 13 years ago

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Andy

Australia

Ranking: 6/10

Slightly overpriced.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in February 2007