Christchurch Snow and Kiwi Tour

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Christchurch Snow and Kiwi Tour
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Visit the International Antarctic Centre and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve on a guided half day tour. Savor a buffet dinner and don't miss your opportunity to ride on the Hagglund all-terrain snow mobile.
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In Brief

Location:
Ashburton, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
5 hours 30 minutes
Operates:

Daily

Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Dinner included
All entrance fees included
Family friendly
Get up-close to native wildlife
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Overview
Important InfoInfo
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Reviews
The International Antarctic Centre, a winner of the New Zealand Tourism Board's award for 'Best Visitor Attraction', recreates the atmosphere of Antarctica and provides the visitor with an interactive exciting experience of this Southern Continent which very few people have the opportunity to experience first hand. Whilst at the International Antarctic Centre (and included in the tour) is a 20 minute ride on the Hagglund all-terrain snow mobile.

The tour moves on to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve where you will enjoy a wonderful five course New Zealand carvery style buffet dinner. Prior to dinner there will be time to explore the farmyard and zoo area of the reserve. Following dinner, take a tour of the Reserve where you will see kiwis in the open, eels, keas, deer, possums and other birds and animals both native and introduced to New Zealand. The tour concludes with the return to your Christchurch accommodation.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Ride on the Hagglund all-terrain snow mobile
  • Dinner
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - International Antarctic Centre

Exclusions

  • Food and beverages not specified in the tour itinerary

Departure Time

3:00 PM

Departure Point

Tour departs from selected Christchurch hotels

Returns To

Returns to original departure point at approximately 8:30pm

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 3.82 out of 5 based on the last 11 recent reviews

Travelled with kids, and they simply loved it, lots to see and learn, a must see attraction if you going to Christchurch
• Submitted 03 Feb 2014
The Antartic Center is a definite must - loved every aspect of that part of the tour. The Kiwi tour was a little disappointing but the meal they served was sensational, would do again.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2008
Missed out on the Hagglund ride to make sure met set kiwi tour, may want to set earlier pick up to ensure get all that's part of the tour
• Submitted 26 Nov 2017
Interesting exhibits, with penguin feeding and commentary especially enjoyed. Ride on Hagglund altogether too wild for over 70's like ourselves - threw us around too violently to be appreciated. Wildlife Centre guided visit to native bird section was enthralling, close proximity to native and rare birds a real privilege.Dinner at the Casino was lovely.
• Submitted 20 Mar 2013
Though the earthquake closed the Antartic Center, the tour operator did a great job of providing alternative arrangements. Our driver, Ross, was outstanding -- friendly and personable.
• Submitted 04 Jul 2011
It was a quiet day, so not all of the attractions were running as scheduled - except our tour guide made sure they did. The snow room and hagglund ride are a must - the 4D adventure comprised of getting squirted in the face with water (that was the 4th D)
• Submitted 18 Jul 2011
Great trip. Was ideal time as we flew in late night before was perfect timing, pick up in afternoon as it gave us the morning to get ourselves together and have a lazy morning. A quick look around, get our bearings before we started on the serious stuff. The driver was great and very helpful. We had a wonderful time.
• Submitted 24 Apr 2009
The Antarctic Centre was very informative. The Blizzard Room was great - if you closed your eyes you certainly felt as though you were at the South Pole in the middle of a blizzard with temperature of minus 18 Celsius! We then travelled to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve for a meal and escorted tour of the Reserve. The meal was excellent, promptly served, and the guided evening tour was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable, and I would definitely recommend Willowbank as an outing - particularly the range of wildlife on display including a nocturnal house that displayed the kiwi. Great fun. The entire excursion was well organised; all staff at both locations were friendly and helpful.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2008
the tour was ok as I was with teenager children. But the city is still not alive because of earthquake. So my group was me and my children only.
• Submitted 17 Jul 2012
The Antarctic Centre is alot of fun for kids and has some very interesting information for adults. We enjoyed the penguins, the Ice Storm room and reading about life in the Antarctic. The Haggalund is definitely worth doing. Willowbank was ok but wouldn't rave about it. We did get to see our first KIwi though. We had a bit of spare time before dinner so our driver took us on a little tour of the city and showed us some of the devastation caused by the Earthquake which we wouldn't have seen otherwise. We had dinner at the Casino which was really nice.
• Submitted 12 Jun 2012
The Antarctic Centre and Willowbank Wildlife Centre are both great sights, but this tour was unfortunately somewhat disappointing. While we arrived at the Antarctic Centre before the 3pm departure time stated on the website, we barely had an hour there, missing out on some of the key attractions, before having to depart for the Wildlife Centre. The tour at the Wildlife centre began at 4:30pm for an hour, by which time the Reserve had closed (winter hours), and our driver was ready us rush off to the dinner destination. Dinner was fine, although in keeping with the rest of the tour, rather hurried. Again we were only allotted about an hour, and had only just got our mains when our driver returned to take us back to our hotel. Even though we would have made it back to our accommodation well before the 8:30pm finish time, only a small extension was offered, as the driver had another job to attend. We decided to make alternative arrangements. This tour had a lot of potential, but perhaps the description needs updating, or additional information to let people that activities in the winter or off season (if that was the reason) are different to those stated. For example, the dinner wasn’t at the Wildlife Reserve, as described on the website. If you have very limited time in Christchurch, this tour might be worth considering. However, if you’re less restricted, neither of the sights are too difficult to get to on your own and there’s a free shuttle to the Antarctic Centre from the center of town.
• Submitted 17 Jul 2012

In Brief

Location:
Ashburton, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
5 hours 30 minutes
Operates:

Daily

Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Dinner included
All entrance fees included
Family friendly
Get up-close to native wildlife
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included