Where to ice skate in Auckland
Do you want to experience a “real” winter this year? Luckily, you don’t have to venture far to experience the joyous joy of sliding on ice.
Whether you’re a born figure skater or one of those people who fall flat on your stomach (don’t worry, we’ve all been there), these rinks will provide the perfect entertainment on a winter’s (or winter’s) day. summer) at Tāmaki Makaurau.
Without further ado, here are the best places to ice skate in Auckland.
Paradice ice rink
Whether you’re a novice, beginner or somewhere in between, Paradice in Avondale is the perfect place to lace up your skates. First opened in the early 1980s, it is Auckland’s oldest and largest indoor ice rink. There are regular public skating sessions throughout the week with late nights including CheapSkate Wednesdays and Blackout Fridays. Check the online schedule here. All sessions are brought to life with music, special effects and games so you can find your rhythm while laughing. If you want to take your skills to a new level, Paradice is home to several ice sports clubs including ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating and curling. The venue also has an aptly named De Frost cafe so you can grab a fresh batch of hot fries after skating.
Paradice ice rink
On the other side of town, Paradice has a second rink for the East Aucklanders to show off their tricks. The covered ice rink hosts free skating sessions from Monday to Sunday with a mid-session and school holiday schedule. Much like the Avondale location, you’ll find late-night events including the famous CheapSkate Wednesdays and Blackout Friday. To plan your visit, consult the online schedule here. The rink is also home to several ice sports clubs. Channel your inner ice queen or king and enroll in the Paradice Skating Academy. The program provides a pathway to take you from total beginner level to competition level in your choice of ice sport. If you discover ice skating isn’t for you, Botany and Avondale Paradice are also home to laser tag.
Aotea Square Ice Rink
Auckland Business Center
The much-loved Aotea Square ice rink is back for 2022 from June 24 to July 31. Located in the heart of the city, the ice rink allows you to experience a winter wonderland surrounded by the bustling bustle of city life. This year, the rink features a magical lighting installation designed by Auckland-based lighting artist Jonny Cross. Show off your tricks as you glide around the rink or tackle the slippery slope of the 35-meter ice slide. Then, make yourself comfortable and refuel in The Snugs. Instagram-worthy snow globes come complete with blankets, heaters, and comfort food. They’re designed to accommodate up to six people, so enjoy a night out with your best friends, an after-work drink with colleagues, or go for a date to remember. The Aotea Square ice rink is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There’s an extra hour of ice-cold fun on Friday and Saturday nights with the rink open until 11 p.m. For more information on tickets and session times, click here.
Bring the rink to you!
Throw a really, really cool (pun intended) party with a portable ice rink. Whether you’re hosting a memorable job or living your dream of a winter wonderland wedding, Paradice Events has options for everyone. It’s the team behind the Avondale, Botany and Aotea rinks. So you know you are in expert hands. Portable ice rinks feature real or synthetic ice as well as winter accessories including an ice slide, snow dome, and cozy igloos. There’s even the option of an ice bar with everything made entirely of ice. From the bar itself to the frosted glasses, this is (literally) the coolest bar around.
Then, warm up with the best hot chocolates in Auckland.
Image credit: Auckland Live, Paradice, Auckland Live.