NZ IceFest 2016

Antarctic Air Day

Sat 01 Oct

Come and join us on the tarmac for a day of family fun, entertainment and excitement. Now's the chance to board the specialist C17 to view the aircraft that transport scientists and equipment down to Antarctica. We will also have the brand new Air New Zealand ATR72-600 available to view on the tarmac too. Entry to the tarmac is by free time-allocated boarding pass tickets (last tarmac entry 3pm) issued on arrival with discounted access to the International Antarctic Centre, Hagglunds rides and more! 

When: Saturday 1st October 10am-4pm (last tarmac entry 3pm) 

Where: Christchurch Airport Tarmac, outside Antarctica New Zealand and International Antarctic Centre, 38 Orchard Road, Christchurch. 


Site A: Boarding pass ticket allocation, info, stage entertainment, food available to purchase, live ice sculpturing, Antarctica New Zealand presents "Our Place in Antarctica" with a live feed to Scott Base and much more!

Site B: Time allocated entry to the tarmac as displayed on your boarding pass ticket, check out the C17 aircraft and their American crew, also the Air New Zealand ATR72-600,  meet New Zealand Air Force career advisors and cadets and learn more about what they do in thier day-to-day lives in the Air Force. 

Site C: International Attraction Centre presents a family fun area with our very own pack of huskies, face painting, a bouncy castle, discounted Hagglund rides and discounted entry into the Attraction Centre. The Science Communicators from the Otago Museum are also making a very special trip down to perform an on-hour live Ice Science show in the Attraction Centre. We can't wait!


What you need to know about Antarctic Air Day: 

The planes do not leave the tarmac.

There will be a wait on the tarmac. The crew is doing their best to make things move along as fast as possible.

Collect your boarding pass ticket from Site A Ticket and Info when you arrive.

You will not be permitted to access to the tarmac until the time displayed on your boarding pass ticket. 

Last tarmac entry is 3pm.

Food is available to purchase from Site A, however you are more than welcome to bring your own picnic.

Car parking is available for $5 on Peter Leeming Road.

Disabled car parking is available at the main car park on Peter Lemming Road and there is also limited disabled car parking in the Int. Antarctic Centre. There is still a cost of $5 for the car park for the day.

Please bring some warm clothing, as the weather can change very fast and most activities for the day are out doors.

If you have any other questions please send us an email. We hope you have a fantastic Antarctic Air Day!