Today we travelled to Antarctica! Except we really only went to the Antarctic Centre in Christchurch. It was a pretty action-packed visit, but of course the best part was seeing the penguins! Did I mention that I love penguins? :)
The most hilarious part of our visit was the antarctic storm room - basically you get to experience a storm with -18 degree C windchill (though I have to assume this would be a pretty mild antarctic storm). We stayed for a few minutes until we realized "Wait a minute, why are we enduring this by choice? We get this in Canada!". So we left, haha.
There was also a very old-school "4D" film, complete with sprays of water every time the boat splashed or a penguin shook off water. The spray effect was a bit overused in my opinion, but at least all the kids in the audience seemed to enjoy it.
The most adrenaline-rush part of our visit was the Hagglund ride - driving around an obstacle course in an all-terrain amphibious antarctic vehicle. It was a pretty wild ride: we drove over a crevasse, sped over hills and even floated through water.
Overall worth it to see the penguins, but the extras were fun too :)
|Alas there were no giant penguins to hold hands that we could find :(|
|The Antarctic Centre|
|Ahhh the storm is about to start!|
|We're so scared and cold!|
|Almost down to maximum coldness..|
|Learning about penguins|
|Little Blue Penguin in a burrow, so cute!!!|
|Hanging out on the shore|
|They are so awkward on land! Hehe|
|Feeding time! Om nom nom.|
|How do I get down there?|
|This one needs extra help eating. All the penguins are rescued from the wild and have |
physical disabilities that mean they can't survive in the wild. Lucky they have a nice place to live!
|The Hagglund (this picture is not by us, can you tell?)|
|Get ready for a wild ride|
|Up the hill!|
|Over the crevasse!|