Alexandra's Iceinline Central caters for indoor and outdoor curling. The indoor facility has two dedicated curling rinks so there is room for up to sixteen players at a time to be on the ice, and there are up to five outdoor rinks available for use.
Clubs do battle for the Macraes Trophy.
The main style of indoor curling is Hack Curling as played at national and international competitions and the Winter Olympics. Hack curling is mainly played on indoor ice.
Not everyone can bend down and slide on the ice for hack curling so there are different styles of play that cater for all levels of health and fitness.
Crampit curling is also played indoors as is stick curling and wheelchair curling. For crampit curling you remain stationary while you deliver the stone from a crouched position. In stick curling you stand upright and deliver the stone with the push of a stick. In wheelchair curling you deliver the stone with a stick from your chair.
The New Zealand Men's team in action at the 2020 World Junior Championships.
Indoor Curling Charges
Adults $20.00 for two hours
High school students $10.00 for two hours
Primary school students $5.00 for two hours
Crampit curling is the traditional form of outdoor curling dating back centuries to its origins in Scotland. Curling started in Central Otago in the 1860’s with the arrival of the Scots who came to the area for gold. Central Otago is now one of only a handful of places in the world where crampit curling is still played. Crampit curling is traditionally played on frozen ponds, dams and lakes. Central Otago curling clubs still play on natural ice when the winter conditions permit and, if the conditions are right, a Bonspiel is called where curlers from all over New Zealand rush to Central Otago to compete in this very special event. Iceinline Central hosts some of the region's major crampit curling tournaments, including the Macraes Trophy, over May and June each year on the outdoor rink.
2012 Bonspiel on the Idaburn Dam
Curling is played between two teams of three or four players (two in the case of mixed doubles) so grab your friends, family, workmates or classmates and come along and have a go. When you arrive, you will be shown short “introduction to curling” and “how to play” videos and you will be given a quick tutorial covering all the basics to get you started.
Got family, friends or work colleagues coming to visit for a few days? Why not show them the quintessential Central Otago experience and bring them down to the indoor curling rink and give curling a go.
Be mindful that the curling stones are over 20kg’s and they need to slide up to 40m to the target, house, at the opposite end of the rink so children under 10 may have difficulty getting the stones all the way to the house. However there are other parts of the game where they can still have fun and participate.
Social and Work Functions
Want to reward the team for a job well done? What better way than to book a few hours curling and socialising and reward them with a memory of a lifetime. Both indoor rinks are available to hire for private functions. There is also a lounge with kitchen available where you can socialise and serve your food and drinks. Give us a call to discuss your requirements.
Join A Club
Want to play indoor or outdoor curling on a regular basis? Want to get more competitive and play in the regional, South Island and National championships or go to the Olympics? Join one of the curling clubs that are based in Central Otago and the Queenstown Lakes District and play in one of the many leagues or competitions and learn from the best.
Find a club near you from the list below.