Christchurch and Canterbury Sights

International Antarctic Centre

  • 38 Orchard Rd. Map It
  • Harewood
  • Educational Institution

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

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 Fahrenheit for a few minutes. Or take a ride on the Hägglund vehicle used to get around the ice. The 4-D extreme theater 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.

Sight Information


38 Orchard Rd., Christchurch, Canterbury, 8053, New Zealand

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Sight Details:

  • NZ$39 or NZ$59 all-day pass with Hägglund ride and 4-D theater

Published 08/30/2016


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