Topic: Fire & Ice Mid Winter Festival

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The Harcourt's Ice Rink came to town and a festival was created around it from June 16th to July 15th 2012.

Harcourt's Ice Rink

For the first time in Rotorua, the Harcourt’s Ice Skating Rink was positioned at the Village Green, for one month from 16th June through to 15th July.  The last two weeks of this period were school holidays. This offered the community something new and exciting to do, allowing children who may never have had the experience of skating to give it a go. The portable rink is run by the Douglas Webber Group and was open from 9am to 10pm each day.  The cost to skate was $20 per adult, $15 per child and a family pass was $50.

In conjunction with the Harcourt’s Ice Rink there was a Rotorua Mid Winter Festival called “Fire & Ice” taking place during the month, another first and organised by Events & Venues.  This festival was made possible with the support of the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust.  It included events and activities that fit with the theme of Fire & Ice.  The idea behind attaching a festival to the Harcourt’s ice rink was to draw the community into the city and give them things to do and see, as well as trying ice skating. 

Events in the festival included Matariki Night Market held at the Heart of Tutanekai Street on Thursday 21st June. The reason for this event was to celebrate the Aotearoa Pacific New Year on the shortest day, longest night.  The event aim was to showcase the unique culture of our city and bring the community together.  Up to 4000 people turned up on the night and saw performances by Mitai and Waiariki.

Rotorua Undies Dash and Splash was held on Saturday 23rd June at the Village Green. The event involved a dress up run including obstacles. The supporting charities were Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ and Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust.

Dunk for Life is the only establish event of the festival, held on Sunday 24th June. It is a fundraising mid winter swim put on for Life Education Trust. Swimmers get sponsorship to dunk in the cold Blue Lake and this year numbers increased and more was raised for Life Education Trust.

N-Duro Ring of Fire was held on Thursday 5th July to combine with Blaze Night and the Night Market. It was a school aged children’s mountain bike race around the Eat Streat block aimed at giving all children the chance to participate. The event was well supported by families and 72 children took part.

Blaze Night was also held on Thursday 5th July at the Village Green. It had roller derby performers followed by lasers, search lights and fireworks display. The events purpose was to draw the community into the CBD and let them know the Harcourt’s Ice Rink was in Rotorua. It was run during school holidays to allow families to come and had an attendance on the night of up to 9000 people.

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Fire & Ice Mid Winter Festival


90 Vaughan Rd, Ngapuna, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Latitude and Longitude coordinates: -38.1421063,176.2779574

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Date of Event:16 June to 15 July 2012
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