NZ IceFest 2014 Opening

NEWS: All things Antarctic will come to Christchurch this weekend with the opening of NZ IceFest 2014.


All things Antarctic will come to Christchurch this weekend with the launch of NZ IceFest 2014.

Lady June Hillary, widow of New Zealand icon Sir Edmund Hillary, will break an ice ribbon on Saturday morning, officially opening the two week festival focused on New Zealand’s relationship with Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Prior to this, a team of eight Malamute sled dogs will pull the Christchurch tram along its tracks from Cathedral Junction to the festival site entrance on the western side of Cathedral Square. Lady Hillary, and other invited guests, will be aboard the tram.

NZ IceFest Director Chloë Dear says the dog tram pull was a fitting open for the biennial festival which runs from Saturday 27 September to Sunday 12 October. 

“Christchurch has close links with Antarctica so having a team of sled dogs pulling the tram in Cathedral Square is symbolic of our special relationship with the icy continent.

“It’s a real honour to have Lady June Hillary officially open this year’s festival, breaking the ice ribbon and showing her support for NZ IceFest.”

NZ IceFest features a range of Antarctic-themed activities, seminars, exhibitions and educational programmes, all aimed at educating and celebrating the icy continent.

Each of the festival’s three weekends focuses on a different aspect of Antarctica - Industry and International Relations, Adventure and Heritage and Art and Culture. Integral to Antarctica, the Science and Environment programme runs throughout the festival.

Ms Dear says the festival offers “something for everyone”.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re an Antarctic expert or not, NZ IceFest 2014 has a diverse programme of interesting and unique events and I encourage everyone to get along and experience these.”


View the full NZ IceFest Programme Here