Utah-based Ice Castles has announced its newest location – Queenstown, New Zealand.
Scheduled to open in early July, the striking winter attraction is currently under construction at Coronet Peak, a popular winter resort just 15 minutes from downtown Queenstown.
Father of six, Brent Christensen, was looking for way his family could enjoy the outdoors, even in winter, when he decided to build an ice cave in the front yard of their home in Utah. His creation soon became a popular attraction and since then, has grown to expand to six locations across Canada and the United States, and will now head down under to Queenstown.
The family-friendly attraction features elaborate, frozen castles, ice caves, tunnels, and slides, all made entirely from ice.
Each ice castle is built by hand and takes thousands of man-hours to create – professional ice artisans hand-place around 10,000 icicles a day to create the enchanting, interactive castles that are illuminated at night with colour-changing LED lights embedded inside the ice.