Families carved up the ice on Sunday at the St Arnaud ice skating pond located just two minutes out of the village.
Hamish Simpson, operator the Rotoiti Water Taxi, has been hiring out skates for the first time after purchasing the business earlier this year to keep him busy in the off season.
Hamish says he has to check the pond each morning by making sure his foot wont go through the ice if he stomps on it.
“It can be a little bit fickle with the pond. Sometime’s it’s skatable, sometimes it’s not. You’ve got to be onto it and check it every day.”