Kids try out ice skating — and it’s a big hit!
It was a warm Friday afternoon outside, but at Nga¯hinapo¯uri School, children were learning to ice skate.
New Zealand’s Ice Skate Tour installed the artificial mobile ice skating rink in the school hall for three days last week.
Nga¯hinapo¯uri School students enjoyed the experience throughout the day, and the ice rink was open to the public in the afternoon.
Ice Skate Tour owner Robin de Goeij says the ice skate rink surface is similar to a kitchen chopping board, but less cold and slippery than most ice rinks.
“The ice has 97 per cent of the same gliding capacity as regular ice rinks,” he says.
“It is surrounded by an inflatable barrier and helmets and gloves are provided.”
Robin says the ice rink is always a hit with children.
“They have so much fun gliding around to the music — you can’t wipe the smiles off their faces.”
Among the ice skaters was 5-year-old Tirion Griffiths and her mum Gemma.
The pair were having a blast when the Te Awamutu Courier visited.
Gemma says the experience was fun and helped improve Tirion’s confidence, balance and co-ordination.
On the Friday night, The Ice Skate Tour turned into a ‘curling club’, giving groups of adults the unique chance to try out curling — a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area.
Friends Kate Shannon (left), Rebekah Dewar (middle) and Morgan Shannon enjoy gliding on the ice.
Jessica Dentice makes the most of New Zealand’s Ice Skate Tour at the Nga¯ hinapo¯ uri School hall.