"Depart Akaroa for a highly scenic drive over Banks Peninsula to the outskirts of Christchurch city, passing through the town of Little River en route. Since the 1950s, Christchurch has been the main staging center for Operation Deep Freeze—the US. Government’s Antarctic project. During the Southern Hemisphere’s summer months, numerous American Starlifter and Galaxy aircraft fly south to McMurdo Station in Antarctica. But Christchurch’s Antarctic links go back much further, to the time when Captain Scott sailed from Lyttelton on his final journey to the South Pole in the early 1900s.
Visit the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch to see the many informative displays depicting life and work on the frozen continent. You can even experience sub-zero wind-chill conditions in a specially designed blizzard room.
Other highlights include the new 4-D Antarctica Experience and the Penguin Encounter enclosure where you can see the cute and entertaining little blue penguins swimming and roaming about in their specially re-created marine environment.
Take a fun and exciting 10-minute ride on a genuine Hagglund all-terrain snowmobile, over an outdoor adventure course that has the Hagglund climbing steep inclines and crossing a pool of water in its amphibious mode. The tracked, 16-seat vehicle is the same as the Hagglunds used in Antarctica by the US and New Zealand Antarctic programs.
After you leave the Antarctic Centre you will stop for lunch at a local winery before returning to Akaroa and the ship.
The Hagglund ride is not suitable for guests with back, neck or shoulder problems, or for pregnant women."