Christchurch will host its first IceFest in September 2012. This new festival is to celebrate the 100 year connection the city has with Antarctica as one of the main jumping off points. The IceFest will turn Hadley Park into an Ice Station. The event will include a hovercraft, an ice skating rink, recreations of historic huts, and talks on Antarctic topics.
The dates for the first IceFest are September 14 through October 14, 2012. The festival is expected to be a biennial event (i.e. held every 2 years).