|Arrowtown Ice Rink|
|25 May 2010||
Aardwolfs Ice Hockey Club
Arrowtown Ice Rink
Lat: 44'56'15.08S Long: 168'49'45.45E Elevation 000M
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History: There have been several ice rinks
in the Arrowtown area, the original Nairn Street Rink was in the
reserve adjacent to Nairn Street shown on the Map below, this was
levelled in 1986 by the council removing the Ice Rink and the
Pavilion associated with it. |
Information curtsy of the
Wed 22nd July 2009
(Linked to ODT the source Document for this page)
Skating Ponds Hosted Big Crowds
Ice-skating at the Nairn St rink, Arrowtown, circa 1965. Photo from the Clarke Collection.
Built in the Late 1950's the former Nairn St ice-skating rink is today part of the Alexandra recreational reserve.
Museum director David Clarke says he can vouch for the popularity of the Arrowtown venue in its heyday.
"Our bible class group used to make the trip up from Invercargill. Sometimes, there'd be about 10 buses from Invercargill. It was extremely popular," he said.
According to Mr Clarke, the Arrowtown skating rink was built by the late Jimmy Wilcox and local farmer Alan Hamilton, probably in the late 1950s, using water taken from the nearby Arrow River.
In 1966, the national Ice Skating Champs were held at Arrowtown and started "on time, even after officials were delayed due to snow some 100 miles on the road".
According to Mr Clarke, the new Queenstown facility was one of the reasons why the outdoor venues at Nairn St and at Bush Creek became obsolete and closed, added to the fact the winters got warmer over time and the ice was not reliable.
There was also an outdoor rink at Rum Gully,
near the Skippers Saddle, operated by Ian and Joan Hamilton, plus
Downey's dam, near Coronet Peak, and another at Queenstown Hill.
The Arrowtown Rink was later established further down the track as
the photos (taken July 1987) below show. |
|The rink at Arrowtown showing the shed and skate hire. Photo by Clive Murphie|
Skaters enjoying the ice at Arrowtown. |
Photo By Clive Murphie
How to get to the Arrowtown Ice
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