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SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Advertising Feature
KIDS GO FREE these school holidays...
Keeping the kids entertained these school holidays just
easier. School-aged kids go free on a range of trips with
Real Journeys, when accompanied by a full-fare-paying
adult (up to two children per adult).
This is a trip full of enchantment. The cruise starts at Te Anau
and crosses the lake to underground caves sculpted by rushing
water. A nature guide steps you past the gushing waterfalls into
the quiet and complete dark, where glowworms shimmer in
their thousands. Tip: Kids love this adventure!
Milford and Doubtful Sound
Turn your holidays into an adventure the family will never
forget, head to the fiords of our World Heritage Area. Just
twenty minutes drive from Te Anau, the village of Manapouri is
the starting point of your journey to Doubtful Sound and a
Wilderness Cruise. Alternatively, take the two to three hour
journey to Milford Sound for a Scenic or Nature Cruise. The
stunning scenery will always delight. Keep an eye out for fur
seals and sometimes even dolphins.
Explore the far South with a trip to the beautiful Rakiura
National Park with free passage for kids on Stewart Island
Share a little history with the kids and take a
cruise on the iconic TSS Earnslaw, now in its
hundredth year. View the engine room and
historic displays. Disembark at Walter Peak
High Country Farm on the western shore of
Lake Wakatipu for a taste of rural New
Zealand. Children love feeding the farmyard animals and
cheering on the sheepdog rounding up the sheep. On the
cruise home sing along with the piano player or simply relax
and enjoy the scenery.
Contact Real Journeys on 0800 65 65 01 or
Join the Curling League
The 2013 season marks the first year of Curling at the
Queenstown Ice Arena.
Get a team together for Monday night Curling at the
Queenstown Ice Arena.
An ancient Scottish sport, widely played in Otago for
over 100 years Queenstown Ice Arena host a social
Curling League every Monday evening at 6.15pm.
The cost per player per session is likely to be $15.
Rules of the Game
Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding
heavy, polished granite stones, also called "rocks",
across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a
circular target marked on the ice.
Each team has eight stones.
The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a
game, points being scored for the stones resting
closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of
each end, which is completed when both teams have
thrown all of their stones.
A game may consist of ten or eight ends.
The curler can induce a curved path by causing the
stone to slowly turn as it slides, and the path of the
rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with
brooms who accompany it as it slides down the
sheet, using the brooms to alter the state of the ice in
front of the stone.
A great deal of strategy and teamwork goes into
choosing the ideal path and placement for each
situation, and the skills of the curlers determine how
close to the desired result the stone will achieve.
This gives the game its nickname of "Chess On Ice".
History of New Zealand Curling
The first reported game was in Maniototo, Central
Otago, on July 6 1878.
The long, cold winters made outdoor work difficult
and curling provided a way to pass the time.
In spite of war and depression, the game flourished.
Scottish and Irish immigrants would go to the small
towns such as the village of Naseby, and in the harsh
winter conditions they would use the natural ponds
and the miner's dams to play their native homeland
sport of curling.
Because of its lon history in New Zealand, curling is
one of the oldest winter sporting activities in the
The traditions of curling strongly emphasise fair play
and proper etiquette on and off the ice. It is a sport
where beginners are warmly welcomed into more
Curling boasts the oldest national sporting trophy still
being contested, the Baxter Cup.
The treasured trophy was first played for in 1884 as
the Dunedin Club's point's trophy.
Following the dissolution of the club in 1895 the
Baxter Cup was handed to the Mount Ida Club, one of
the founding clubs in the Naseby Curling Council, and
can now only be competed for on natural ice at a one
day Council Bonspiel.
Additional informaiton supplied from www.curlin-
What: Social Curling
Who Can Play: no experience necessary
When: Mondays from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Room for 4 more teams in the league
How Much: $15 pp incl one free drink.
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