The History of Alpine Ice Sports & Entertainment Centre

Where It All Began


Ice skating in Christchurch had its beginnings at the Centaurus Road ice rink in Cashmere.

The Centaurus rink, the original home to many of today's Coffee Clubbers and Masters Club members, was closed in 1983 and replaced by the modern and international sized ice surface, The Big Apple.

This new rink, built on the present Brougham Street site, was bought by a company which included the current owner.

Alpine Ice has been operating in Christchurch since April 1985 and has a loyal following, not only of ice sports enthusiasts but also staff; some of whom have been employed since Alpine was formed. 

In fact, generations of families have skated and worked together at the rink! 

The road has at times been slippery and Alpine Ice has demonstrated its commitment to its customers and staff by persevering in the face of adversity.

During 'the big snow' of August 1992, the roof at Alpine Ice collapsed, leaving Christchurch without an ice facility for 9 months.

Over the past 34 years through triumphs and tragedies Alpine has remained true to its core values in providing a safe and enjoyable recreation and entertainment centre for Canterbury. 

Learn to Skate at Alpine Ice

We offer programs for adults and children of all abilities to come and learn how to skate, or to take their skills to the next level.