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Christchurch Airport Sells Antarctic Centre to Queenstown Company

Christchurch's International Antarctic Centre has been sold by Christchurch Airport to Queenstown-based company Real Journeys.

The popular Christchurch tourist attraction gives visitors an opportunity to experience a taste of a continent that most of us won't ever get to see. There are penguins, a snow and ice experience, displays explaining life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base, and the famous Hagglund ride.

Real Journeys, a family-owned tourism business took over the Antarctic Centre on October 30 and is planning a multi-million dollar upgrade. "It will also see the attraction play a more significant role in connecting visitors to Christchurch with both our airport's and our country's long relationship with the Ice," says airport chief executive Malcolm Johns.

The well regarded tourism company was established more than 60 years ago and operates cruises through Milford and Doubtful Sounds, the heritage steamship TSS Earnslaw and recently bought the Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Real Journeys chief executive Richard Lauder says the timing is perfect. "Using our expertise in operating quality visitor attractions, our market reach, and a little bit of love and investment, I think we'll be able to move the International Antarctic Centre up to a new level."

They were looking forward to delivering an even better experience, both to locals and international visitors who are coming here in greater and increasing numbers, Lauder said.

Stay with us at Westside Motor Lodge during your Christchurch visit and you'll be ideally located to explore our city's top attractions like the International Antarctic Centre. If you're looking for comfortable, quality accommodation and you have any questions about the best things to see and do while you're in Christchurch we'd be happy to help. 

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