Aucklanders will get a taste of the Northern Hemisphere winter, with an ice rink confirmed for Aotea Square from late June.
Aotea Square Ice Rink Winter 2012
The Aotea Square ice rink will be the focal point of a THE EDGE’s Winter Showtime programme of family-friendly events, providing a great range of entertainment opportunities for families.
Director of THE EDGE Robbie Macrae says that the ice rink is an exciting way to activate Aotea Square during the colder months.
“We’re used to many people enjoying their lunch or playing a game of touch during the summer, and this gives people a chance to enjoy Aotea Square in winter.”
“We think people will be excited about coming to ice skate in Aotea Square, and they don’t have to worry about our temperamental Auckland weather, the rink will be covered to protect the ice and the skaters and the parking close by at the Civic car park.”
The ice rink is set to be imported and managed by Paradice Ice Skating, a local, family owned business with ice rinks in Botany and Avondale.
Paradice General Manager Chris Blong is a former National Figure Skating Champion and says he is excited about bringing ice skating to the CBD, promising skaters cold ice and a warm welcome.
“We’re working to create a place where beginners and experienced skaters can have a great time this winter, with the same kind of feel as the outdoor rinks in places like New York and Toronto.”
“There’ll be lessons available and we’re working on a calendar of themed events to add to the fun.”
Aotea Square Ice Rink
Opens: Saturday 23 June
Official opening event: Thursday 28 June
Prices: $15 (children), $20 (adults) and $55 (family of four). Tickets include skate hire and can be purchased on the door on the day.