Although the Auckland Winter is routinely more torrential rain and soggy footwear than snowmen and tabogganing, the folks behind Aotea Square are getting in the Winter spirit and doing their best to inject a little bit of seasonal magic in the CBD.
The centre-piece of the wintry make-over is the hugely popular ice rink, returning for its fourth year. The 30 x 16m square metre rink brings a winter wonderland vibe to the central city for nearly six weeks. A weekly programme will see special events and themed weekends, including: K’ Pop night, ice hockey, competitive skating demos, a Frozen party for Disney fans, and a Friday night DJ - which is sure to bring back memories of high school socials for a lot of people. See the full schedule here.
The rink will operate from Thursday 11 June to Sunday 19 July, seven days a week. It’s also fully covered so can be used in any conditions.
Last season’s popular addition of the ice slide will also be back. This time the inflatable tube ride will be upsized to 35m long and doubled to two for a smaller wait time. Three rides will set you back $7.50 and $12.00 for five.
A kids zone will give beginner skaters a chance to find their feet in a smaller, enclosed area, before graduating to the main rink. Post-skating beverages and snack will be available from the Aotea Centre’s Box Café & Bar.
Published on May 29, 2015 by Stephen Heard