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 one of New Zealand’s best tourist attractions, offering an exciting and interactive experience for visitors of all ages. Play in our snow room, chill out with Little Blue Penguins, and learn about life in modern day Antarctica.
- This morning we travel through the University of Canterbury, down to Riccarton House and Bush and then through Monavale Gardens where you will have a chance to have a short stroll with 5.5 hectares of richly landscaped gardens, ponds and fountains.
- The tour then continues into the central city, through Hagley park, the boat sheds, Botanical Gardens Arts Centre in the historic Buildings that were once Canterbury University, past the Museum, Art Galley and Victoria Clock Tower before moving on to the Catholic Basillica, then onto the seaside suburb of Sumner, then to Lyttleton Harbour, a volcanic crater which is now the port of Christchurch.
- The tour then ends with a visit to the Sign of the Takahe, situated on the volcanic ridges of the cashmere hills, provides spectacular views of the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps.
- Next, we go visit The International Antarctic Centre, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. The Centre recreates the atmosphere of Antarctica with a Snow and Ice Experience and the Blue Penguin Encounter.
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