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International Antarctic Centre

Avon City Motel is within 10 minutes drive from the Antarctic Centre.

Antarctic Centre ChristchurchChristchurch is the gateway to the Antarctic and the Antarctic Centre is within 10 minutes drive from Avon City Motel.

Christchurch has been proudly associated with the Antarctic since the early heroic era when Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton visited Christchurch on their way down to the Ice.

The International Antarctic Centre is a modern day working Antarctic complex and is home to the United States, the Italian, and the NZ Antarctic Programmes.

The Antarctic Centre attraction is located in the heart of this complex and has twice been voted the best attraction in NZ. It is a fun interactive and hands on experience the whole family will enjoy. Slide down a snow slope in the world's first indoor Snow & Ice Experience, throw a snowball, or try on your own Antarctic clothing at the Camp Site area. The audio visual presentations are fantastic and the children will enjoy meeting "Pom Pom" the penguin and interactive see, feel and touch points throughout the Attraction, which will keep them amused while Mums and Dads enjoy the 'grown ups' exhibits!

The outdoor Antarctic Centre Hägglund Ride is a "must do"- a 10 - 15 minute Adventure Course ride on a genuine Antarctic vehicle. 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.