Village Green goes rinky-dink for Winter Festival


Queenstown’s Village Green will be transformed into an outdoor ice skating rink for the 10 days of Winter Festival. 

The week-long construction of the 15 square metre rink overtopping Horne Creek starts on Friday in time for the fest’s June 24 opening. 

The Wonderland Ice Rink, due to arrive tomorrow, is coming from the US and will use more than 20,000 litres of water frozen over three days. 

“The ice rink is set to make Queenstown’s CBD come alive during the festival, especially at night when there’ll be fairy lights up in the trees, icicle lights around the rink and even a magic Cinderella carriage for people to have their photos taken in,” festival director Simon Green says. 

The rink hosts a “Stars on Ice” show on June 28, featuring local 18-year-old figure skater Chris Boyd, Queenstown Figure Skating Club and Queenstown Ice Arena Skate School students and Australian figure skater Brooke Crawford. 

There will also be ice skating sessions on the hour from 10am-9pm each day of the festival. 

The 45-minute sessions cost from $10-$22, including skate hire. 

Green: “It’s with great thanks to the huge amount of time and energy from the companies working in partnership with us – Stars on Ice, Red Events, Event Scaffolding and Lakes Environmental – that this dream will become a reality in what is a first for NZ.”