Suitable for all ages depending on how co-ordinated your child is!
Open throughout the year, this rink has been around for years and the staff are on hand to offer novices tips on how to gain balance and have a good time. At selected times of day, a section of the ice rink is available for either public ice hockey or ice bumper cars – separate fees are applicable and the cars must be pre booked. Check the website for more details.
No matter what activity you’re doing on the ice, wear clothes that are comfortable and think about bringing a change of trousers for young kids if they’re likely to fall over (and therefore possibly get wet quite a lot). Gloves or mittens and long socks (when hiring skates) are advisable too. Helmets can be hired (free of charge) at the skate hire or bring your own ski helmet if you have one. It’s a good idea for children to wear a helmet.
For ice skating, plastic ride ons are available to hire (see under price) for kids to hold onto or sit on.
You can’t take your own food or drink in, but there is a cafe onsite where non-skaters can sit, so long as kids under 5 are supervised by someone else on the ice.
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Tel: 03 441 8000
Address: 29 Park Street, Queenstown Gardens, Queenstown. The rink is a short walk from the centre of Queenstown but there is also ample parking nearby. Note that the parking right outside the rink is restricted to a maximum of 4 hours.
Open: Summer – generally open Wednesday, Thursday 12pm – 5pm, Friday 12pm – 7pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm. Winter (April – October) daily 10am – 5pm and evening sessions on Friday 6.30pm – 9.30pm and Saturday 5pm – 7.30pm. Times can change from week to week and it’s always best to check the website or phone before you go.
Price: including skate hire Adults $15, Kids $15, Under 5 years $9.50. Family Pass (2A+2K $55. It’s worth checking on Bookme here if there are any discounts for when you want to go.
Hiring a Penguin Pal or Ride on Seal (plastic ‘aids’ that kids (or adults) can hold onto for extra stability) $5 for 30 minutes with $5 refundable deposit.