Quick InfoWhat

Social Curling

Who Can Play

no experience necessary


First two Mondays (April 29th, 6th of May) 7-9pm.

How Much

Free for the first two nights of the season Monday 29th, April and 6th May! After $15 pp.

The 2013 season marks the first year of Curling at the Queenstown Ice Arena. This ancient Scottish sport has been widely played in Otago for over 100 years. The Queenstown Ice Arena will host a social Curling League every Monday evening.

We will be running two free sessions as an introduction to the sport on Monday 29th, April and Monday 6th, May. These sessions will start at 7pm. Every following Monday Curling will commence at 6:15pm and cost per player per session is likely to be $15.

Rules of the Game

Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called "rocks", across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game, points being scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game may consist of ten or eight ends.

The curler can induce a curved path by causing the stone to slowly turn as it slides, and the path of the rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with brooms who accompany it as it slides down the sheet, using the brooms to alter the state of the ice in front of the stone. A great deal of strategy and teamwork goes into choosing the ideal path and placement for each situation, and the skills of the curlers determine how close to the desired result the stone will achieve. This gives the game its nickname of "Chess On Ice".