Early Alexandra Ice Rinks
17th June 2011

Aardwolfs Ice Hockey Club


Early Alexandra Ice Rinks
Lat: 45'14'24.22S Long: 169'26'49.70E Elevation 161M
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Early Alexandra
Ice Rinks

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Information: It is believed that as early as 1880 an Ice Skating Club was active in Alexandra and that they had permission to form an Ice Skating pond on the local Recreational Reserve. Established as the Alexandra Winter Sports Club in 1935 the Alexandra Ice Skating Club was formed in 1939, for many years, skating was on the natural ice at the Manorburn Dam. Between 1967 and 1969 work on the Alexandra Ice Rink on the edge of the Manorburn Dam started. The Alexandra Ice Skating Club hosted the first National Figure Skating Championships held in New Zealand on  the 22nd July 1939.
When an outdoor rink was built next to the dam this rink was used by the Club until the new rink was built in the township.
The New Rink which opened in 1993 is a 30m x 60m outdoor rink, which when it opened was the biggest outdoor rink in the southern hemisphere.
The Alexandra Ice Skating Club now has about 200 members.

The First Alexandra Ice Rink
Next to the Lower Manorburn Dam

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