Lake Ida & Little Lake Ida
24th July 2010

Aardwolfs Ice Hockey Club

Lake Ida, Little Lake Ida
Lat: 43'14'06.34S Long: 171'32'16.68E Elevation: 749M

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Lake Ida and
Little Lake Ida

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Information: Lake Ida is the best known Natural Ice skating area in Canterbury, it has been a popular spot for years and usually has the most reliable ice. Little Lake Ida and Lake Ida used to be one Lake. The gravel scree as it continues to fall has slowly been increasing the gap between them. Mount Ida shadows Lake Ida and Ice usually starts forming from Late May through to August, the Northwest winds tend to funnel down the valley and destroy the ice with waves.
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Above: Little Lake Ida is just to the left of Lake Ida
Below: The dotted line shows the walking track from Lake Ida to Little Lake Ida

Driving Instructions from Christchurch to Lake Ida and Walking Instructions to get to Little Lake Ida
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AA Maps: Directions to get to Lake Ida

Leave Christchurch through Yaldhurst, Turn Left at the signposted corner for Hororata
You should cross over the railway lines and head west, on reaching Hororata, turn left at the Hororata Roundabout. follow the main road sweeping right by the sawmill. Keep going until you come to the Stop sign that is also signposted Mt Hutt Left, Windwhistle Right, go straight over from the Stop sign Heading for Lake Coleridge, Turn Right at the signposts for Mount Olympus on to Homestead Road. Turn Left into Harper Road to go to Lake Ida and Olympus instead of straight on to Lake Lyndon.
Further Access Instructions available here:

To get to Little Lake Ida from Lake Ida takes about 20 minutes, you walk from in front of the Ida Lodge between the Enclosure and the Main Lake, then follow the track round Lake Ida over the shingle scree to Little Lake Ida. Frequently Little Lake Ida has better Ice as it tends to thaw and refreeze.
Go to Natural Ice Reports
See Photos and Videos of Lake Ida and Little Lake Ida here
Safety Tips

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