Icein­line Cen­tral Inc – win­ter fun for the whole fam­ily!

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

It wouldn’t be win­ter in Cen­tral Otago with­out a spin around one of the area’s most unique at­trac­tions! Sit­u­ated in pic­turesque Alexan­dra, the South­ern Hemi­sphere’s largest out­door ice skat­ing rink is a full 60 x 30 me­ter Olympic sized Ice Hockey Arena!

Come along and skate in a friendly at­mos­phere with friends and fam­ily, or join up to one of the clubs! Re­lax in the warm, com­fort­able lounge, or reg­is­ter for an up­com­ing event. Dur­ing the week­ends, we want to en­cour­age fam­i­lies to the rink with our spe­cial pric­ing as be­low. Adults $10.00; school age chil­dren $8.00; preschool­ers $7.00 (in­cludes skates); Skate hire $5.00. We also have our Weekend Fam­ily Spe­cial which cov­ers Fri­day night, Satur­day, Satur­day Night and Sun­day - $35 for a fam­ily of 2 adults and 3 chil­dren (per ses­sion). Ex­tra chil­dren $8.00, skate hire for this spe­cial only $2.00.

We cater for birth­day par­ties at the rink, pro­vid­ing birth­day hats, bal­loons, a drink, and a plat­ter of chips for all par­tic­i­pants. En­try to the birth­day child is free, other chil­dren at­tend­ing are charged $10.00 each. These have proved to be very pop­u­lar in the past and pro­vide a safe en­vi­ron­ment where kids can have fun and mums don’t have to clean up the mess.

We have all the lo­cal schools, as well as schools from the wider Cen­tral Otago re­gion, com­ing to the rink on a reg­u­lar ba­sis as part of their win­ter sports cur­ricu­lum for tu­ition in fig­ure skat­ing, curl­ing and ice hockey.

We also have Mums and Tots ses­sions on Tues­day morn­ings 9.30 – 10.30 am and Thurs­day af­ter­noons 1 - 2 pm. Cost $10 adults, chil­dren en­try/skate hire free. This is to en­cour­age mums and/or dads to come along to the rink and so­cial­ize with other par­ents, have a tea or milo and a skate. All three codes – fig­ure skat­ing, hockey and curl­ing, use the rink for their ac­tiv­i­ties, pro­vid­ing tu­ition to chil­dren and adults. The rink is in use from early morn­ing un­til late night, on a daily ba­sis.

The lounge/kitchen fa­cil­i­ties are also avail­able for pri­vate hire such as no­table birth­days and busi­ness func­tions. Ice hockey – 14th June: Se­nior Non check­ing 21st June: Midget grade 4-6 July: Erewhon Cup (Se­nior Ice hockey) 12th July: Pee­wees The Erewhon Cup is a com­pe­ti­tion that has been run­ning since 1937, and is hosted on a ro­ta­tional ba­sis be­tween rinks in Alexan­dra, Dunedin, Gore, Queen­stown and Tekapo. This usu­ally in­volves 8-10 teams who play for the pres­ti­gious Erewhon Cup over the course of the weekend, with the fi­nal game tak­ing place on Sun­day. (de­tails for this weekend are yet to be con­firmed). The lo­cal club is host­ing the Otago/South­land Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships on 19th-20th July which may cater for up to 80 com­peti­tors. They also have their Ice Show in late July/early Au­gust. This is very pop­u­lar ev­ery year, and show­cases the progress the chil­dren have made through­out the sea­son with their coach­ing ses­sions. The in­ter club curl­ing com­pe­ti­tion runs ev­ery Mon­day and Wed­nes­day dur­ing May and June, with so­cial games each Thurs­day. Cor­po­rate (or so­cial) curl­ing has proved very pop­u­lar with busi­ness houses, and in­di­vid­u­als com­ing along for a se­ries of games on Thurs­day nights. En­cour­age people to con­tact the rink to find about get­ting a game. This event continues to be very pop­u­lar and in­tro­duces pri­mary school chil­dren to curl­ing, com­pet­ing for a tro­phy. This year, it’s be­ing held on Fri­day 4th July and has de­vel­oped into a very com­pet­i­tive com­pe­ti­tion be­tween schools. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Nick Lough­nan, on 448 6541. This is run on Tues­day and Fri­day of each week of the July hol­i­days, start­ing at 10 am and go­ing through to 12, and in­cor­po­rates fig­ure skat­ing, ice hockey, and to a lesser ex­tent, curl­ing. This is pri­mar­ily aimed at school age chil­dren com­ing to Alexan­dra for the hol­i­days with their par­ents/grand­par­ents, al­though it’s also open to lo­cal chil­dren not al­ready in­volved in ice sports, and is an ideal way for them to get a taste of ice skat­ing. In pre­vi­ous years we have had chil­dren com­ing from Queen­stown, Wanaka, Cromwell and even fur­ther afield. Price in­cludes en­try, skate hire and the ac­tiv­ity.



Week days, Tues­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day, 9am – 4.45 pm Week nights, Fri­day, 7 – 9.30 pm Weekend hours – Satur­day and Sun­day 11 am – 4 pm, Satur­day night 7 – 9.30 pm Curl­ing com­pe­ti­tions – Mon­days and Wed­nes­days, all day.

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