Aardwolfs Natural Ice Reports
6.30pm Fri 12th Aug 2022


These reports are based on: phone calls, emails, trips to the ice, lakes and ponds.

Please NOTE that YOU SKATE AT YOUR OWN RISK and these reports only give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive. Conditions can change very quickly in the mountains and though we make every effort to keep these reports current in season, please be careful when skating.

Remember: ICE SKATING on NATURAL ICE can be dangerous.
Make the effort to go you wont regret it!!!!!!!
We RECOMMEND always having a means of retrieving people who may fall through the ice.

Having a tow rope on hand works well for this. More Safety Tips


If you have been to the Ice Recently, Please send me a report:
Ph: 03 3238293, Mob for Txt :0274504399 or Email clive.m48@gmail.com ,
This allows everyone to benefit from your experience and may encourage new people to enjoy Ice Skating.

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Road Information
NZTA Road Information

Weather information

National Rain Radar and Rainfall Maps
National Park Forecasts and Observations

Mt Olympus Ski Field


Canterbury Weather Stations
Metservice.com Weather Stations Canterbury Plains

Arthur's Pass Weather
Castle Hill Weather
Upper Rakaia
Methvan Weather

Central Otago Weather information
Met Service 10 day Forecast for Alexandra
Alexandra Accuweather.com

Central Otago
Weather Stations
Ranfurly Weather

Ida Valley
Moa Creek


Alexandra Weather

Videos of Natural
Ice Skating: YouTube

Aardwolfs: here
Joe's: here

Natural Ice Reports
from Southern NZ:


Facebook Pages
Alpine Ice Retro Regulars
Staveley Ice Rink
Natural Ice Otago

NZ Map of
Ice Skating Locations
Topographical Map of Ida/Evelyn area

Access Information Photos and Videos

South Island

Mt Lyford:
Lake Stella, Photos
Mt Lyford Holiday Homes Rink
Arthur's Pass:

Lake Lyndon
, Photos
Red Lake East and Red Lake West, Photos
Glenthorne Station:
Lake Ida, Photos
Lake Self, Photos

Lake Evelyn
, Photos
Lake Clearwater:
Lake Camp and Clearwater, Photos
Lake Ohau:
Lake Middleton
, Photos
Lake Pukaki:
Pukaki Overflow Spillway, Photos
Holbrook Pond, Photos
Paterson's Ponds, Photos
Coal Pit Dam, Photos
Horseshoe Lake
, Photos
Hoffman's Dam, Photos
St Bathans
The Blue Lake, Photos
Diamond Lake, Photos
Idaburn Dam
, Photos
Poolburn Dam Photos
Mathias Dam
Eweburn Dam Photos

Lower Manorburn Dam
, Photos
Butchers Dam
, Photos
Mount Cook:

Godley Glacier Lake, Photos
Tasman Glacier
, Photos
Hooker Lake, Photos

Current Ice Rinks Outside
Staveley (Natural Ice)
, Photos
Fairile Ice Rink (Natural Ice), Photos
Mt Cheeseman:
Mt Cheeseman (Natural Ice)
, Photos
Lake Tekapo Photos
Maniototo Ice Rink
Alexandra Ice Rink Photos
Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds
Arrowtown Facebook
Bush Creek
Arrowtown Ice Rink

Current Ice Rinks Inside

Alpine Ice Sports Centre
Dunedin Ice Stadium
Gore Ice Skating Rink
Queenstown Ice Rink

Old Ice Rinks No Longer In Use
If you have any old photos, movies or information on Ice skating in NZ we would really appreciate your assistance in building this historical resource. Please contact us.

Centaurus Ice Rink
Alpine Ice Rink (Papanui)
Hororata Domain Rink
Timaru Ice Rink
The Big Chill
Opawa Homestead


Rum Gully
Downey's Dam
Queenstown Hill
Early Queenstown Rinks
Garston Ice Rink
Early Alexandra Rinks
Mt Harper
Mt Harper Ice Rink
Early Tekapo Rinks
Central Otago
Irishman's Creek
Synthetic Ice Outside
Glace Ice Rink

North Island
Paradice Ice Skating Rinks Botany Downs and Avondale

NI Ice Rinks No Longer In Use
Hamilton Ice Rink
Ice Palace

See older Photos on the Photos Pages for the individual locations for Ice Skating.

Natural Ice Reports for 2022
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Friday 12th Aug 4.30pm Lake Ida, the Ida Rink and Little Lake Ida
From Clive Murphie
With most of the main lake in sun for several hours during the day there was only a minimal 3mm of ice in the shadow of Mt Ida. The Lake is high and plenty of water was flowing over the beak in the Enclosure bank. There was about 10mm of weak snow ice on the Hockey rink.
Access to Little Lake Ida was limited by either a knee deep walk in icy water or a 2 mt leap over the overflow from the enclosure. Looking at the very limited ice at Ida its unlikely conditions would be significantly better at Little Lake Ida.

The break in the Enclosure bank Photo by Clive Murphie

A skim of ice on the Rink at Ida. Photo by Clive Murphie
Friday 12th Aug 4.30pm Lake Evelyn
From Clive Murphie
Lake Evelyn had about 10mm of weak snow ice over the western end of the Lake. This was almost gone when we returned from our walk to Lake Ida. When leaving to head home the air temperature was 11.2 degrees 

Ice disappearing in the sun at Lake Evelyn. Photo by Clive Murphie
Friday 12th Aug 4.30pm Lake Camp and Clearwater
From Clive Murphie
Lake Camp and Lake Clearwater this morning had a minimal skim of ice (5-7mm) over a very small part of the lake, even with big frosts, its highly unlikely there will be enough ice to skate this weekend. With the sun higher in the sky at this time of the year it looks like the season is over.

Beautiful day ....but no ice at Lake Camp today.
Photo by Clive Murphie.

Lake Clearwater crisp in the sun. Photo by Clive Murphie
Saturday 30th July 7.15pm: Cheeseman Rink
From Jeremy Pullan by Email
Went to Lake Ida today. No ice apart from a thin crust on the Hockey Rink. No ice on Lake Evelyn. Didn't go through to Little Lake Ida as the lake was over the walkway. And then it started to rain!!!! Good walk anyway.

The Main Lake flowing into the Enclosure at Ida
Photo by Jeremy Pullan

No Ice on Lake Ida today, Photo by Jeremy Pullan
A skim of ice on the Hockey pond. Photo by Jeremy Pullan
Saturday 30th July 2.17pm: Cheeseman Rink
From Cera by Txt
Got a skate on Cheeseman Rink today.
Sunday 24th July 7.27pm: Cheeseman Rink
From Liam Ashby by Messenger
Cheeseman is very bumpy but mega solid.
Sunday 24th July 7.27pm: Lake Ida
From Liam Ashby by Messenger
No skating today!! The Rink at Ida has 25-30mm with the edges not frozen enough. Ida Lake had some edge ice, the lake water level is currently VERY high, probably from snow melt and rain. So high you cant get across the enclosure to get to Little Lake Ida.

Dodgy thin snow ice on the Ida Rink. Photo by Liam Ashby
Saturday  23rd July 7.37pm: Lower Manorburn Dam
From Dave Young by email,
his Blog chipofftheiceblock
Check out Dave's report of his skate at Rushcutters on Lower Manorburn today and looking good for a skate tomorrow if there is a frost.
Excellent Photos as usual on his Blog at chipofftheiceblock
Sunday 17th July 2.35pm: Lake Ida
From Liam Ashby by Messenger
Ida 45mm strong Ice, Lodge end not frozen...top end skatable and strong smooth black ice with a mix of snow ice in patches. NW wind came in at about 1.30pm, The scree has increased in size as a large avalanche has come down over the last few days. Caution is required when crossing it.

Mike, Liam and Tash at Ida, Photo by Liam Ashby
Sunday 17th July 1.23pm: Lake Evelyn
From Clive Murphie
Skated on 1/3 of Evelyn today with strong snow ice that gradually softened in the NW wind. The wind strengthened at about 12.30pm sending us off the ice. Rain and wind due over the next week will probably wash the ice away.

Some of our fellow skaters in their happy place.
Photo by Brianna Wilson

Looking east on Lake  Evelyn. Photo by Clive Murphie

Catch up time on wind affected Ice on Evelyn
Photo by Julia Egan.
Sunday 17th July 12.31pm: Lake Evelyn, Ida and Little Lake Ida
From Jeremy Robinson by Txt
Little Lake Ida is the best to skate on, the main lake is 70% skatable  and Evelyn is Skatable at the west end.

Ida from the West end Photo by Jeremy Robinson

The Rink at Ida. Photo by Jeremy Robinson

Looking down on Lake Evelyn. Photo by Jeremy Robinson
Saturday 16th July 6.08pm: Manorburn Dam
From Victoria Ann Bruce by email
The Ice at Manorburn today, even thicker than yesterday.

Rushcutters at Manorburn. Photo by Victoria Anne Bruce

Excellent Ice on the middle basin at Manorburn.
Photo by Victoria Anne Bruce

Fun on the Ice. Photo by Victoria Anne Bruce
Saturday 16th July 9.32pm: Lake Evelyn
From Liam Ashby by Messenger
Had a skate at Lake Evelyn tonight, solid snow ice, large portion of the Lake frozen, may be good in the morning as frosty now. NW wind due early in the morning.
Take care getting on, may be able to use the west of the lake for access.

Liam Skating on Evelyn, Photo by Liam Ashby
Sunday 10th July 8.50pm: Lower Manorburn Dam
From Dave Young
from his Blog chipofftheiceblock
Check out Dave's report of his skate on Poolburn Dam today, on his Blog at chipofftheiceblock
Saturday 16th July 6.08pm: Poolburn Dam
From Felix Collins by email
Then in the afternoon a visit to Poolburn with an area of skatable ice at the north end. 4 cm of powder snow made it a novel experience.

Snow and Ice at Poolburn Photo by Felix Collins
Saturday 16th July 6.08pm: Manorburn Dam
From Felix Collins by email
Nice Skating at Manorburn this morning.

Great Ice at Manorburn today. Photo by Felix Collins

2022 This Seasons Ice reports  from:
Tuesday 24th May-Saturday 16th July

Check out the Archives from
previous years at the bottom of this page


Other Places to visit for Skating Videos and Photos
Aardwolfs You Tube site: here
Joe's You Tube site: here
Glens You Tube site: here
David Young's Blog: here
Ryan Hellyer's Homepages: here
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