Sports and Outdoors

Ice and Snow

Ice skating and curling used to be winter sports here – but now you can play them all year round at the artificial ice rink in Naseby.

Occasionally, if there is a really good (i.e. very cold) winter, the ice is thick enough on the Idaburn Dam for the curlers to have a bonspiel. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the sport, so have a go – its like playing bowls on ice.

Ice-skating, ice hockey and outdoor curling can be played in winter on the outdoor ice-skating rinks in Naseby and Alexandra. During the winter months you can also send yourself hurtling through the Naseby Forest on the only Ice Luge in the Southern Hemisphere.

The flat-topped mountains around Central Otago are not designed for down-hill skiing – but snow mobiles and cross-country skiing on the Old Man Range are a great way to get away from the crowds. And you don’t need to go to Alaska to try dog-sledding, you can try this at Naseby.