Frozen palace

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New Zealand’s first ice castle will soon open at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak skifield.

Visitors will be able to wander through the frozen structure’s tunnels and play on icy slides inside the castle once the structure is fully built.

The castle’s construction has been halted by heavy rainfall in the past week, but the ice slide is expected to open on Friday.

Ski area boss Nigel Kerr says “it will be amazing” to see the castle, which is lit with colourful LED lights, at night.

“I think it will be a great non-ski experience .. creating a very original photo opportunity.”

Icicles are sprayed with water and then left for ice to form.

The finished castle can weigh up to 12,500 tonnes.

Ice Castles founder Brent Christensen, of Utah, USA, launched the business after an ice cave he created for his daughter attracted huge interest.

Tickets $29/$35, under-fives free.