An Evening on the Ice


Last week I played Mum. The parents jetted off to Australia and I was left with the kid sisters. Mornings turned into a juggling act of walking dog/getting kids to school on time/getting to work with afternoons being the reverse with the added fun of homework, housework and cooking dinner. It was exhausting – kudos single parents.

By Thursday night we were in need of a night off cooking and some entertainment. Auckland Live had just the thing, the opening of the Aotea Square Ice Rink.

For a third year running Aotea Square has been transformed into a Winter wonderland complete with ice rink, carnival rides, a light installation from Celery and even an ice slide.


The small people were completely taken by it. I had expected them to get over it pretty quickly but slowly slowly they found their feet and soon were sliding away. With mini hotdogs and donuts to keep them going it was hard to make them leave!


At 7pm the rink closed so that it could be reset to open for the public. Lucy was less than impressed – she wanted to skate more! But Izzy was well ready for some dinner.

We decided to head up to Federal Deli.

Now I’ll tell ya, trying to find a family friendly restaurant that isn’t a takeaway in Auckland isn’t easy. The Fed though is perfect.

American diner style, incredible service, really easy food choices for fussy eaters. Even these two were impressed.


Guzzling away on Six Barrel Soda Company sodas, the smalls nibbled their way through fries and Best Ugly King bagels.


I personally went for the Salmon Latkes, very similar to a King but with potato latkes (like a rosti) in place of the bagel. It was simple, but divine.


And fairly affordable too. Sure, the sodas were a bit pricy ($8) but we walked out with two drinks down a piece and a meal each at $70.

All in all it was a delightful evening. Extremely fun times on the ice followed by delicious meals in a warm and friendly setting.


‘Serve You Right’? They really aren’t fibbing.


I have two double passes to giveaway to the Aotea Square Ice Rink. It’s open til July 20th and is loads of fun!

Head over to the facebook page to enter! 

(mobile friendly link!)

If you want to head along on your own steam you can find more info here. Passes (incl skate hire) are $20 for an adult and $15 for children, a family pass (2 adults, 2 kids) is $55.



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4 Responses to An Evening on the Ice

  1. Woooh! Love ice-skating <3 Your sisters are so cute!

    Also kid-friendly restaurants… can't say I've been too many with littler kids. Anywhere that gives them colouring-in things to do haha!

  2. Ice skating is so much fun! I’d love to take my stepson – I’m not allowed to skate because of ligament injuries, but I’m sure his Dad will have fun on the ice! Burgerfuel is pretty kid-friendly and gave us a picture for The Boy to colour in last time we were there, but we also love Al’s Deli on City Rd for it’s great selection of food for even the fussiest of eaters!

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