WIN winter family fun at Aotea Square’s Elemental Hub

This July, Aotea Square is being transformed into the Elemental Hub – a base camp bursting with entertainment, food and unique interactive experiences, and all part of the city’s sizzling new winter festival, Elemental AKL.

This will include the return of the ever popular Aotea Square Ice Rink and Ice Slide smack bang in the middle of the city for the eighth year.

From 21 June until 28 July, the Ice Rink will light up the Square with icy adventures, themed parties, skating lessons, plus the enormously popular 35-metre, multi-level ice slide complete with inflatable tubes for guaranteed super slip-sliding fun.

For the coolest new private dining experience in Auckland, foodies should look no further than The Snugs, in the Hub from 1 – 28 July.

Resembling igloos from the outside, the five geodesic domes are kitted out with furniture, blankets and heaters providing the perfect cosy spot for sharing an intimate winter catch-up with friends, team lunches, birthday parties or pre-show meals. People can book a Snug, and pre-order platters, tasting plates, desserts, beverages and even kids’ meals.

Nights in the Hub will be especially chill with the arrival of the Auckland Night Markets for the very first time in Aotea Square.

Visitors can hang out with friends or family over a warming winter post-work snack, or shop ‘til they drop. The city’s favourite immersive food experience will offer authentic cuisine from all over the world, at street-food prices.

Complementing the experience, Auckland Live’s bright red BOX Container Bar will serve tasty morsels and a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, both hot and cold. People can grab a table in the new covered courtyard and sit back to the sounds of live house band Fortress Europe, the latest project by Auckland-based musician/composer Leon Radojkovic (Dr Colossus, Live Live Cinema, Silo Theatre’sPeter & The Wolf).

For an interactive experience even the kids will want to sit through, the Auckland Live Digital Stage will screen throughout the day and into the evenings visual delights from the world of the arts, from New Zealand across the globe. The weekly screening schedule is here.

If you’d like a chance to spoil your family and have a magical winter experience then we’ve got the giveaway for you. You could win a family skate pass (2 x adult and 2 x child) to the Aotea Square Ice Rink to use anytime from 21 June until 28 July.

For your chance to win simply email us the answer to the below question to with the subject skate:

What’s the name of Auckland’s sizzling new winter festival?

For another chance to win enter via our Facebook and Instagram profiles too.


  • The prize is a family skate pass (2 x adult and 2 x child) to the Aotea Square Ice Rink to use anytime from 21 June until 28 July
  • The prize will be drawn on Monday 24 June – winner must respond within 24hrs of being notified or another winner will be drawn
  • Non-transferable and no cash exchange
  • Entry is via, Facebook or Instagram and entrants can enter via both channels
  • Facebook and Instagram entries must like our pages to be eligible to win
  • People can enter as many times as they like