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Banks Peninsula, Christchurch, and Antarctic Center

Price: $139.00
This tour operates from October to April.
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On this excursion you will discover Banks Peninsula and the city of Christchurch, as well as the International Antarctic Center.

You will first depart Akaroa and embark on a scenic drive that provides stunning views of the peninsula, an ancient volcano that now forms the peninsula, and its crater that now forms the harbor. Travel via the Akaroa Highway past Lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere, a natural haven for birds and other wildlife.

Upon arrival to Christchurch and following a stop at the botanical gardens, enjoy a sightseeing tour that showcases the city landmarks: the Bridge of Remembrance, the Canterbury Museum, as well as the Art Gallery and the Art Center. Other sights include the badly earthquake damaged Christchurch Cathedral, and the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. The city center is currently under construction with both demolition and rebuilding underway. Due to road closures and new areas re-opening, road access can change on a daily basis.

The tour then continues on to the International Antarctic Center. The center recreates the atmosphere of Antarctica with the amazing Snow and Ice Experience, featuring the world's first indoor storm complete with lightning, arctic winds and blizzard audio. Learn about life in the most inhospitable continent on earth. Find out about the explorers who conquered the harsh terrain to reach its center, the South Pole.

You will also have an opportunity to meet the Antarctic wildlife at the Blue Penguin Encounter, before buckling up for an exhilarating Hagglund ride. Traveling over a crevasse and through water, the all-terrain amphibious adventure simulates the traveling conditions scientists experience riding across the Antarctic ice pack.

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Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
5 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Tender Pier Area. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend guests wear comfortable clothing, with layers that may be removed, walking shoes, and sunglasses.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces, some of which are at an incline. Most sites are accessible for collapsible wheelchairs.
5 Stars5Based On 12 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsArctic Blast!January 03, 2019

Reviewer: Robin Stearns
Our tour began with a coach ride across the Banks Peninsula with stops in Christchurch to see highlights and 2016 earthquake devastation. We also visited the Antarctic Center. What a blast! We rode on arctic track vehicles up 45 degree inclines, through water and over logs for bone jarring fun. We also toured the center and got to experience an antarctic storm at 20 below zero (Farenheit). Highly recommend this outing!

5 StarsTwo for oneDecember 12, 2018

Reviewer: Nancy
Nice overview of Christchurch. Wished it were longer but constraints of ship cruising times didn’t allow it. Loved the Antarctic center. Nice insight into life there

5 StarsChristchurchNovember 23, 2018

Reviewer: Nancy Sibilla
This was a wonderful tour. Would recommend it highly. Reallly liked Christchurch.

5 StarsHaguland RideMay 21, 2018

Reviewer: John March
A very cool excursion the ride in the Haguland was worth the price it’s self. The tour around Christchurch was very revealing as to the level of damage due to the earthquake and a real tribute to the resilience of the people

5 StarsSo worthwhile!March 18, 2018

Reviewer: P. Helt
I loved this excursion-and the chance to ride inn an "antarctic mobile", one capable of moving across the surface in the Antarctic. I had debated not going because I was the only one in the group going on this tour, but I loved it!

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