The Antarctic Attraction

The Antarctic Attraction



67 Rankers Reviews

47 Face-to-Face

10 Zoos and Aquariums

11 Theme Parks

53 Christchurch




The Antarctic Attraction is a fun, exciting and hands-on experience for the whole family. It includes the indoor Snow & Ice Experience, the Penguin Encounter - a viewing area featuring Little Blue penguins and an adventure ride in the Hagglund.

The Antarctic Attraction at the International Antarctic Centre, located next to Christchurch International Airport allows you to experience Antarctica in a fun, exciting all weather environment.

Experience real Antarctic conditions with Audiovisual and Touch Screen technology and feel 'genuine' Antarctic wind chill or slide down a snow slope in the Snow & Ice Experience.

The New Zealand Penguin Encounter is New Zealand's first combined indoor/outdoor penguin viewing area with capacity to hold up to 26 rescued Little Blue penguins in a Banks Peninsula natural themed environment that can be accessed on two levels.

While you're enjoying the attraction, take the chance to enjoy the great Antarctic Haggland Ride. The International Antarctic Centre, twice winner of the prestigious NZ Tourism Awards for Best Attraction also offers exclusive Antarctic Product in the Antarctic Shop and delicious meals in the Cafe and Bar.

Meeting rooms available. Spacious function area for themed events.

Set aside 2-3 hours for your visit and make time to have a meal in the Antarctic Café & Bar.

The attraction is open seven days a week from 9am.


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South IslandCanterburyChristchurch


  • Zoos and Aquariums
  • Theme Parks



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Lars Grosse


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


Ranking: 8/10

Informative and for kids, expensive.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Per Bang


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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Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Mary Tan


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 over 3 years ago

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Matt Lohmeyer


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 over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Gavin Moffatt


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


Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016