Christchurch Sightseeing with International Antarctic Center LT-19IAH


Combine the International Antarctic Centre with its little Blue Penguins, Antarctic Storm in the Ice and Snow room, 4-D Movie and Hugglund ride over a purpose made course, together with a half day city tour of Christchurch taking in not only the damage to the city by several earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 and the rebuild currently taking place but also the remaining historic landmarks and the existing beauty of this picturesque city.

Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic view points on a half-day city tour of Christchurch.

Wander the Monavale Gardens with pretty ponds and water features, drive through the city centre once with its historic buildings and architecture now heavily destroyed and badly damaged by the Earthquake hitting the city in February 2011.  See for yourself both the destruction of the central city and the rebuild that is taking place.

 You will visit the botanical gardens in the central city and the seaside suburb of Sumner. Travel to the Sign of the Takahe to admire the spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps.

The tour then moves on to The International Antarctic Centre.  This features a recreation of the atmosphere of Antarctica with a snow and ice experience, the blue penguin encounter, a 4-D Movie experience and an exhilarating Hagglund ride.

 The Penguins held here are birds that have been rescued and cared for, some since they were chicks.

 Due to physical disabilities that have left them defenceless, many of them would not have survived on their own back in the wild.

  • Central Christchurch including the badly earthquake damaged city centre

  • Christchurch Botanical Gardens,

  • Mona Vale House and Gardens

  • Sign of the Takahe with magnificent view over the entire city from the coastline to the mountains

  • Port Hills and Lyttleton Harbour

  • Sumner Beach and township

  • Admission to the International Antarctic Centre

  • Little Blue Penguin viewing and Hagglund Ride

  • Stops for photo opportunities at all the key destinations 


This option departs at 9.00 am and arrives at the International Antarctic Center by 12.30 pm. There are scheduled departures from the International Antarctic Center every hour from 1.30 pm, until 4.30 pm.

Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 9.00 am
Duration : 6 Hours approximately, depending on your departure time from the International Antarctic Centre
Maximum number of people : 36
Venue Facilities : Air Conditioned Coach with full commentary and admission to the International Antarctic Centre with Blue Penguins, Winter Storm in the Snow and Ice Room, 4-D Movie and Hugglund Ride. Compliementary accommodation pickup and drop off.
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