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Dowse Square Ice Rink


Thu 22 Oct 2015, 10:00am–6:00pm
Fri 23 Oct 2015, 10:00am–9:00pm
Sat 24 Oct 2015, 10:00am–9:00pm
Sun 25 Oct 2015, 10:00am–6:00pm
Mon 26 Oct 2015, 10:00am–6:00pm

Where: Dowse Square, Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Child (12 yrs and under): $5.00
  • Student (with ID): $10.00
  • Adult: $15.00
  • Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): $35.00
  • Child 5 trip: $20.00
  • Student 5 trip: $40.00
  • Adult 5 trip: $60.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Hutt City Council

Ready, steady, Skate!

Dowse Square is being given makeover this spring withthe opening of the Dowse Square Ice Rink, Saturday 26 September to Monday 26 October.

Fun and entertainment for the whole family in the heart of Lower Hutt.

The fully covered rink is a great activity in all weather conditions, with plenty of room for first timers and experienced skaters alike. Plus Bobby the seal skating aids are available to help inexperienced skaters stay upright.

Kids under 5 will need helmets, which we have plenty of at the ice rink.

Concession tickets, group bookings and private bookings available.

The Dowse Square Ice Rink also offers a fun-filled programme of special events, promotions and themed days.

Open Sunday – Thursday from 10am to 6pm, and Friday, Saturday 10am to 9pm

What is included in the general admission ticket price?

Skate hire and helmets for children (subject to availability).

Where can I purchase tickets?

Tickets available at the Dowse Square Ice Rink ticket office.

Can I purchase tickets in advance?

Only special event tickets can be purchased before the rink opens on 26 September. After that general admission is by door sales only, concession cards will also be available to purchase.

After I pay how long am I entitled to skate for?

Skating time in unlimited. However your ticket is only valid for one visit so should you want to leave the rink and return later in the day a second ticket will need to be purchased.

Who can use the skating aids?

The skating aids are available to both kids and adults. If you want to ensure that you do get an aid, you must show up early as we do not hold or pre book these. They are purchased on a first-come first-served basis.

Can we hire skates?

The cost of skate hire is included in the ticket price.

Do spectators pay?

Parents or guardians are allowed in as spectators for free. Otherwise a spectator fee will be incurred.

Is there anywhere to store my belongings?

There will be cubbyholes for storing your belongings but these are not monitored and so we recommend not leaving valuables unsupervised. We take no responsibility for lost or stolen property.

How old do children have to be to skate?

We advise that children be 3 years and over to come skating. If your child is 6 years or under we strongly advise you bring a bike helmet for them to skate in, as well as some gloves to keep their hands warm.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own food and beverages to the ice rink. You will be responsible for placing any rubbish in the bin before you leave. Food and beverages can only be consumed in the spectator area.

What clothing is recommended?

Whilst skating will normally warm you up, it is advised that you bring warm clothing. Long-sleeved top and pants are recommended. Comfortable clothes that you can move freely in are ideal – and don’t forget, if you fall over, you may get wet depending on the ice condition. Always wear socks for warmth and comfort while you are skating. We also recommend that small children wear gloves to keep their hands warm.

I’ve never skated before and I’m worried I will fall and hurt myself

Don’t worry, rink staff will be on hand at all times to pass on some basic skating tips. We also have skating aids if you need some extra support.

Is it safe for children to skate by themselves?

Children are welcome to skate without parents/guardians. However children under 5 years should be accompanied on the ice by an adult. Children 12 years and under must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times – this can be done from the spectator area.

The Dowse Square Ice Rink is brought to our community by Hutt City Council, and proudly supported by Professionals, Redcoats Limited and The Hits.