Aardwolfs Natural Ice Reports
12th August 2010 12.15am

Aardwolfs Ice Hockey Club



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 Ring: 03 3238293,
Txt :0274504399 or Email clive.m48@gmail.com a report to me, Clive Murphie
This allows everyone to benefit from your experience and may encourage new people to enjoy Ice Skating.

Remember to hit the REFRESH button for the latest version of this page.
For videos of Natural Ice Skating check out the Aardwolfs YouTube website, and some of the Photos pages

Weather information
Recent Rain Radar: here
High Country Met Service forecast: here

Arthur's Pass:
Weather Station

Ice Skating Locations
Click Here to see a NZ Map with all skating locations marked.

Access and Photos
Below is a list of places to skate, how to get to them and some 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


Petersons Terrace, 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:

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

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

Arrowtown Ice Rink

Bush Creek
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

Ice Rinks No Longer In Use

Hamilton Ice Rink

Ice Palace

Archives of Natural Ice Reports
Wednesday 8th July to Tuesday 13th July
Saturday 29th May to Wednesday 7th July

Thursday 9th July to
Saturday 15th August
Tuesday 30th June to
Tuesday 8th July
Sunday 6th June to Saturday 28th June

Saturday 31st May to
Sunday 27th July

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

Other Places to visit for Skating Videos and Photos
Joe's You Tube site

David Young's Blog
Ryan Hellyer's Homepages:

Natural Ice Reports for 2010
Skate Hire Staveley : Staveley Store: 033030859
Wednesday 11th August 9.39pm: Lower Manorburn Dam
From David Young by email.
Still some ice in the middle basin. Skateable in Rushcutters bay. Had a night skate on hard smooth ice. To dark to check elsewhere.
Sunday 8th August 9.30am: Lake Lyndon
From Joe Morgan by email.
Weather conditions: Snowing and WET. All the ice is gone.

A wet and cold Lake Lyndon: Photo by Joe Morgan
Saturday 7th August 5.48pm: Poolburn Dam
From David Young by email.
Poolburn had several large areas of ice but was melted at the edges. Had to hunt for a place to get on with a plank and had a good skate in one area but again had to be careful to keep on safe ice. Ice was creaking and beginning to melt fast as I left. Won't last in this weather.
Saturday 7th August 5.48pm: Idaburn Dam
From David Young by email.
Idaburn had skate-able ice over half of the main area. A plank was needed to get on as the edges had melted.
Good skate on hard ice but care needed to stay in the safe area. Won't last in this weather
Tuesday 3rd August 8.10pm: Manorburn Dam
From David Young by email.
Still thick ice in Rushcutters bay - thinning out to 50mm in the middle of the main basin with water at either end. The Ice was full of air bubbles and weakening in the sun. Water in the top and bottom basins. Had a good ( but bumpy) skate on hard ice in Rushcutters and out towards the middle - too unsafe anywhere else. Might be last skate this year.

Rough Ice and beautiful blue sky. Photo by Dave Young.
Monday 2nd August 5.11pm: Lake Ida
From Warren McKie by email.
There is a collection of Ice flows in the Lodge corner, no ice on the Enclosure, the Hockey Rink is almost covered but with a 3mt gap round the edges. A realistic walking time for the track in would be 50-90  mins depending on gear and fitness.

All that's left of the Ice at Ida. Photo by Warren McKie.
Saturday 31st July 2.15pm: Lake Ida
From Neil verbally.
It was windy with about half the lake frozen at Lake Ida on Saturday the Ice was breaking up as we watched and there was about 2 cm of water over the ice from the North West'er, large blocks of ice were being blown towards the Chalet. with the winds forecast for Sunday the Ice probably wont last the weekend.
Saturday 31st July 3.13pm: Manorburn Dam
From Joe Morgan by txt.
Manorburn Dam is looking good and a great skate today.

Skate cam from Ange doing spins on the Northwest groomed Manorburn Dam today, Video from Joe Morgan
Saturday 31st July 3.13pm: Fraser's Dam
From Joe Morgan by txt.
Not Skateable today. Google Earth coordinates: 45,12.33,35 S 169,12.45.45 E
Saturday 31st July 6.23pm: Poolburn Dam
From Ryan Hellyer by txt and email.
Good Ice on Poolburn Dam though it is melting in the Sun. Estimated 100 to 150 mm ice (didn't have long enough drill bit) across almost entirety of reservoir. We did need to get out and walk for 200 - 300 m due to an expanse of water behind the island to get in a full lap though, the ice surface was plenty
thick enough for skating. The north westerly was playing havoc with the ice and it was starting to melt quite badly towards lunch time with a fine sliver of water on the surface. Ice at dam face was very thick and good quality as was the small inlet
beside the dam. Most of the rocks were surrounded by water. The heat of the sun has clearly melted all of the original solid ice which was around them the last time we were there. There is a huge pressure crack heading right out of the main basin towards
the other side of the island. One particular section would have been great to launch off of if you felt like doing some aerial skating :) It had a glassy smooth ramp with at least a 50 cm high ramp leading to solid ~150 mm thick ice.
Friday 30th July 4.19pm: Manorburn Dam
From Keith Dickson via Ryan Hellyer by txt/email.
The Lower Manorburn dam has good ice it is rough in places There is plenty of room as Keith is the only person skating on it at the moment!!
Tuesday 27th July 6.43pm: Idaburn Dam
From Dave Young by email.
Idaburn - thick ice in main area. No ice in the Gorge, Ice with a layer of snow ice on top. Bumpy with some smooth areas. Frozen puddles on the ice in some places. Ok skate - will be better when (if) the ice puddles freeze properly. With frost it will hold for a few days.
Tuesday 27th July 6.43pm: Manorburn Dam
From Dave Young by email.
Manorburn - Plenty of ice in Middle Basin. Ice in other basins. Water in the neck. Surface similar to Idaburn. Good skating on the Middle Basin if you are early. (Frosts Pleeeze!)
Tuesday 27th July 6.43pm: Poolburn Dam
From Dave Young by email.
Poolburn. Thick ice in the main bay. Thins out and weakening in the sun around the side and back of the main island. Re-frozen snow ice on top of ordinary ice. Some water at the edges and around rocks. Snow skiffs in places. Melt coming soon! Great skate on hard (but bumpy in places) ice. Track has deep ruts up top and very slippery as the day warms.
Monday 26th July 4.32pm: Lake Middleton
From Ron James by email.
Very thin with some Ducks swimming in it

Lake Middleton, Photo by Ron James
Monday 26th July 4.48pm:Manorburn Dam
From Ron James by email.
Lots and lots of Ice.

Looking East from the Middle Basin, Photo by Ron James

Looking West from the Middle Basin, Photo by Ron James
Monday 26th July 4.12pm: Fairlie Ice Rink
From Ron James by email.
The Ice is a little thin with open water at one end.

The Rink at Fairlie. Photo by Ron James.
Monday 26th July 4.30pm: Pond by Mt Cook turn off
From Ron James by email.
Joe filming on a random pond near the Mt Cook turn off. Pavlova Snow Ice

Joe on a random pond, Photo by Ron James
Monday 26th July 4.23pm: Pukaki Spillway
From Ron James by email.
Snow Ice to thin to skate on:

Pukaki Spillway, Photo by Ron James
Saturday 24th July 2.47pm: Hoffman's Dam
From Ryan Hellyer by email.
Hoffman's Dam had 60 mm+ of snow ice. We didn't skate on it, but ice looked pretty good and definitely worth skating on if you have the time.
Saturday 24th July 2.47pm: Manorburn Dam
From Ryan Hellyer by txt.
Good 140mm of ice on the middle basin at Manorburn Dam. The same on the top basin in parts but also lots of open water. Access was over a rock. Skated the neck on the way out, a bad idea as the ice was very marginal. Massive cracking and waves of ice. Very close to going in!!! The lower basin has about 80mm almost able to skate to the concrete wall by the dam.

Skating the neck between the Upper and Middle basins at Manorburn Dam: Video by Ryan Hellyer
Saturday 24th July 1.04pm: Idaburn Dam
From Ryan Hellyer by txt.
150mm of good snow ice in the main basin at Idaburn Dam, also looked like you might be able to skate in the valley down by the Dam.
Saturday 24th July 1.02pm: Coalpit Dam
From Ryan Hellyer by txt.
Good snow ice on the shady side of Coal Pit Dam. About 100mm thick maybe more, melting on the other side of the Dam in the sun.
Tuesday 20th July 9.10pm: Lower Manorburn Dam
From David Young by email.
Lower Manorburn - thick ice in whole centre basin. Water on the surface but a good skate. Some ice in the other basins. If frosts come back it will hold.
Tuesday 20th July 6.45pm: Lake Ida/Glenthorne Station
From Clive Murphie.
Due to an incident recently at the Lake Ida Gate, I have been emailed by a representative of Glenthorne Station, requesting that I amend our access instructions to Lake Ida to reflect their Public Access Policy. The following Link:
http://www.glenthorne.co.nz/public-access-to-glenthorne-station takes you to their website.
Please note the "NO DOGS" provision when anywhere on the the Glenthorne Station, this includes Lake Evelyn and Lake Self.
Please respect their requests and follow their directions.
Tuesday 20th July 12.29pm: Lake Clearwater
From Alan Knowles via txt.
The Ice at Lake Clearwater is breaking up fast, about 400mts of ice has gone since noon on Monday. Weather conditions are strong NW winds.
Monday 19th July 11.59pm: Lake Evelyn
From Clive Murphie.
Lake Evelyn was softening tonight, there's still plenty of ice and we had a good skate, but it's thawing, air temp's were 8-10 degrees with a light wind. That is until we left, then the Northwest started blowing. Forecast for tomorrow is 70km/hr N/W winds and snow to 600mts. More frosts needed before we skate again.

Night Skate at Lake Evelyn: Clive, Joe, Lance and Ron.
Photo by Ron James
Sunday 18th July 8.27pm: Lake Ida and Little Lake Ida
From Ron James by email.
Lots of Ice on both Ida and Little Lake Ida, Lake Ida has the best surface at the moment.

Walking back from Little Lake Ida over the Main Lake
Photo by Ron James.
Sunday 18th July 10.07am: Lake Evelyn
From Joe Morgan by satellite phone.
Lake Evelyn is foggy at the moment though we are expecting it to clear soon, lots of ice, some of its rough but having a great skate, we will be going through to Ida later today.

The crew at Lake Evelyn today, Photo by Ron James
Saturday 17th July 5.59pm: Lake Evelyn
From Bradley McMahon by txt.
Lake Evelyn today had 180mm of ice at the head of the lake, thinner in patches, sometimes rough but defiantly skateable, had a great day.
Friday 16th July 10.37am: Manorburn Dam
From David Young by txt.
Manorburn locked in all over, there's  plenty of ice, the surface is rough in places but its a great skate. Go early and skate the whole dam.
Thursday 15th July 11.14pm: Lake Clearwater, Emma and Camp From Alan Knowles by email.
Skated Clearwater and Emma today - plenty of thick ice 100mm. Camp also good skating.
Thursday 15th July 6.15pm: Lake Ida
From John Gaynor by Phone
The main lake is 3/4 frozen with 120-150mm of black ice, a great skate today, no snow and no rain on the ice yet. Still very firm and should last well.
Monday 12th July 10.30pm: Upper Manorburn and the Greenland Reservoir. From David Young From YouTube
Organised by special arrangement, access to these reservoirs in winter is extremely limited due to an officially closed road, difficult road conditions and private land rights., the Upper Manorburn Dam and the Greenland Reservoir, (Google Earth Co-Ordinates: -45,25'35.33 S 169,37'51.55) Snowy Ice not giving the best skating conditions. Huge areas with bleak surrounding.

Alan Knowles Dave P and Mark Eastern: Video by David Young
Tuesday 13th July 10.30pm: Lake 35
From Joe Morgan by Email
If you are worried about skating on thin ice, this video will show you how thin you can go, this is a good example of what we call "One Person Ice" Watch the flex in the Ice surface............:-)

Ron skating at Lake 35, Video By Joe Morgan
Other Places to visit for Skating Videos and Photos
Joe's You Tube site: here
David Young's Blog: here
Ryan Hellyer's Homepages: here
2010(2)Wednesday 8th July to Tuesday 13th July
2010Saturday 29th May to Wednesday 7th July
2009(3)Thursday 9th July to Saturday 15th August

2009(2)Tuesday 30th June to Tuesday 8th July
2009 Sunday 6th June to Saturday 28th June

2008 Saturday 31st May to Sunday 27th July
See older Photos on the Photos Pages
 for the individual locations for Ice Skating.

Some of the events above may have no  association with the Aardwolfs Ice Hockey Club
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