Christchurch and International Antarctic Centre

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Our road trip in the South Island of New Zealand began and ended in Christchurch, but other than visiting the International Antractic Centre, we spent very little time in this island’s largest city. Interestingly, the layout of the city is very similar to that of Adelaide (with Christchurch being the prettier one, in my opinion), although the claim that the same person, Colonel William Light, designed the two is in fact inaccurate.

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys going to museums and science centres, you’ll have fun at the International Antarctic Centre. There you get to experience what a snow storm in the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on earth feels like (thankfully for only about 10 bitingly cold minutes, and complete winter gear is provided), learn how the continent and its climate came about, gain some insight on what expeditions and research at the Antarctic involve, see the penguins, and last but not least, ride a hagglund.

outside the lodge

our apartment

Haka Lodge

IAC

IAC entrance

inside the Storm Room

inside the Storm Room

a hagglund

artificial snow

penguins

on expedition

in a hagglund

sledding

warm tent

My sister Christina caught a flu as we arrived in Christchurch, so she had no choice but to spend the day resting and getting better. It was a bummer since it also happened to be her birthday, but it was nothing a celebratory cake after dinner couldn’t fix. She recovered the next morning, just in time for the next leg of our trip: off to Lake Tekapo!

sis' birthday

Photos by Arnold Hozana

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