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Winter Wonderland In Central Nelson

❄️ An indoor ice skate rink is on its way to Nelson!⛸️
The former Variety Store next to Timezone in Wakatu Square will be transformed into an ice skating rink for five days from Wednesday 9 August, as part of Nelson City Council’s Winter Activation Fund’s activities.
Entry is $5 and funds raised will be donated to the Fifeshire Foundation.
❄️ Winter Wonderland Ice Skate Fun
? 9-13 August, 2023
? Former Variety Store, Wakatu Square carpark
⌚ Wednesday 9 August and Thursday 10 August 2pm-8pm, Friday 11 August 1pm-9pm, Saturday 12 August 9am-10pm, Sunday 13 August 9am-4pm.
?️ $5, including skates.


A cool, but not cold, winter ice-skating experience is on its way to Nelson.

Nelson City Council is encouraging our community into the city centre this winter to enjoy a piece of winter wonderland with an indoor, artificial ice rink, operated by Ice Skate Tour.

Taking over the former Variety Store in Wakatu Square Carpark for five days from Wednesday 9 August, the ice rink looks like ice, and feels like skating on ice, but it’s a sustainable, reusable solution with no need for water or power to keep the rink cold.

Tickets to skate are $5, including skates and safety equipment hire, which must be worn by those aged 16 and under. Skaters are guaranteed half an hour on the ice, which starts when they check in. An announcement is made when your time is up, but if the rink is not too busy you may be able to stay longer.

Proceeds from the event will go to Fifeshire Foundation’s Winter Grants Scheme. The winter grants are used to support local families facing hardship this winter by helping with the cost of power or firewood. The scheme has also received support from Network Tasman Trust and Whakatū Rotary.

The event is brought to you by Council’s Winter Activation Fund and supported by Uniquely Nelson and MoreFM.

Winter Wonderland Ice Skate Fun 

9-13 August
Former Variety Store, 60 Achilles Ave, Nelson
Times: Wed/Thu: 2pm – 8pm, Fri: 1pm – 9pm, Sat: 9am – 10pm, Sun: 9am – 4pm
Tickets $5 (including skates and safety equipment), available via or at the venue.

Tell me more!

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions from the Ice Skate Tour site below and visit for more information.

What are your smallest skates? Size 10 which is normally for a 4-year-old child

What are your biggest skates? Size 14 men’s

Is there an age restriction for kids? No, as long as they fit our smallest pair of skates

Do I have to join my kids on the rink? You don’t have to, however, keep in mind there is no one from our end to assist them. We only get on if there is an accident or injury.

Are there any frames to hold on to? We will have some chairs on the rink for kids (or adults) to assist with their balance.

Can I go on the rink with shoes? No ice skates only.

Can a wheelchair go on the rink? Absolutely, we might just ask you to clean the wheels before you go on. As long as the wheelchair doesn’t leave any marks, then it’s all good.

Can I bring my own helmet and gloves? Yes, that’s fine as long as the gloves fully cover the fingers. They are compulsory for under 16 years old.

Can I use my own skates? Yes, you can, however we might want to check them, and we have the right to refuse them.

Is it cold on the ice rink? No, we use artificial ice, so no need to bring warm jackets or beanies.

What do I need to bring? We recommend bringing long and thick socks for more comfort in the skates.


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