Make a beeline for the city’s cool International Antarctic Centre.

Holidaymakers on cheap flights to Christchurch who are looking for a short break from the beating heat should make a beeline for the city’s cool International Antarctic Centre.

Established in 1992, it is one of the leading attractions of the city and has been twice judged as New Zealand’s best attraction.

Based across from Christchurch International Airport, the Antarctic Centre is the ideal holiday treat with plenty to do for all the family.

Visitors can enjoy the 4D Extreme Theatre, which brings a new twist to 3D by adding special effects like falling snow, water spray, wind lightning and fully moveable seats.

There are also penguins to feed, a chance to create your own real snow, a fantastic ride upon a genuine Antarctic vehicle called the Hagglund and a unique opportunity to experience what a real life Antarctic storm feels like.

Because the simulation mimics reality, visitors are given warm jackets and over-shoes. It’s almost as if you were really there.

Antarctica is actually one the driest places in the world. It snows on average four to five centimetres a year.

Written by Ruth Norris

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