Antarctic Ice & Airforce Wings - Behind the scenes experience


Discover how the US and New Zealand have explored Antarctica together since the 1950s and get a special behind-the-sScenes look at a former airbase. Christchurch has a rich and once concealed history of Antarctic exploration and military involvement. Antarctic explorers began sailing from this area in the early 1900s, and since the 1950s Christchurch has been the main staging centre for Operation Deep Freeze, the US government's Antarctic project. The International Antarctic Centre is unique, with fascinating exhibits, audio-visual shows and even rescued baby penguins. Gain a deep insight into the challenges of exploring the frozen frontier and participate in some interactive activities on a self guided tour. Take a Hägglund ride, an amazing all-terrain amphibious Antarctic vehicle, built to conquer the rough terrain on the ice. Explore New Zealand’s military aviation history at The Air Force Museum of New Zealand, which stands on the site of the former air base at Wigram, in Christchurch. View the relics of this significant site, the birthplace of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, on a very special behind-the-scenes guided tour. Learn about Wigram’s aviation heritage landscape and visit a well-preserved corner of the former base, rarely seen by the general public. Journey back in time to the origins of the airfield, learn how these buildings, and the people who served in them helped shaped New Zealand’s military aviation journey over the past century. Special Notes: Please note that this tour requires a reasonable level of accessibility, although wheelchairs are available. Tour involves approximately 3-hours of moderate walking/standing over mostly flat surfaces. Interactive activities are at the guests' discretion. Please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and jacket, plenty of biodegradable sunscreen and bring bottled water.
  • Location

    Christchurch

  • Tour Code

    CHC115

  • Duration

    5 hours

  • Price

    Adult from $229.99
    Children (12 & under) from $229.99

Photography

Bring your camera!

Refreshments

Available at café (own expense)

Special Notes

Please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and jacket, plenty of biodegradable sunscreen and bring bottled water Please note that this tour requires a reasonable level of accessibility, although wheelchairs are available Tour involves approximately 3-hours of moderate walking/standing over mostly flat surfaces Interactive activities are at the guests' discretion
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