Antarctic Experience & Botanic Gardens


Depart Akaroa for a 90 minute coach ride to the International Antarctic Centre. The International Antarctic Centre is located in a unique working Antarctic campus, home to the New Zealand, United States and Italian Antarctic programmes. It offers a fun, exciting and interactive experience of Antarctica. Visitors can have fun in real snow & ice, get ‘exchillarted’ in the Antarctic Storm, explore the Antarctic gallery, see Little Blue penguins, take a cruise down to Antarctica in the new 4D EXTREME Theatre, experience riding in a genuine Antarctic vehicle – the Hagglund. This is one Antarctic adventure not to be missed. Enjoy lunch at the Antarctic Centre, at your own cost, before departing for the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Here, view beautiful flowers and stunning plants before returning to Akaroa.
  • Tour Code

    AK1065

  • Location

    Akaroa

  • Activity Types

    Sightseeing / City Tour

  • Experience Types

    Special Interest

  • Duration

    6.5 hours

  • Fitness Level

    Low

  • Price

    Adult from $169.99
    Children (12 & under) from $119.99


Photography

Don’t forget your camera, plenty of great snaps to be captured.

Refreshments

Special Notes

To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please ensure that you wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat, SPF30+ or higher factor sunscreen and bottled water.

How to get there

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