Ever since Scott wintered his dogs at nearby Quail Island in preparation for his ill-fated South Pole expedition of 1912, Christchurch has maintained a close connection with the frozen continent. You can experience a small taste of the modern polar experience here. Bundle up in extra clothing (provided) and brave a simulated storm with temperatures of minus 25 degrees Farenheit for a few minutes. Or take a ride on the Hägglund vehicle used to get around the ice. The audiovisual
show of life at New Zealand's Scott Base is superb, and the Penguin Encounter lets you get up close with some blue penguins, the smallest penguin species. There's a free shuttle service that leaves on the hour from outside the Canterbury Museum.