Ten tonnes of snow to play in, and a “polar” swim set the tone for the inaugural Ōrewa Beach Wintery Festival on Sunday, September 24.
The event is being put on by Destination Ōrewa Beach and could become a regular fixture, offering wintery themed fun for all ages.
Two trucks will place 10 tonnes of snow from Snowplanet on Moana Reserve, where it will be shaped into a 6m x 5m area and fenced, providing a chance to play in real snow.
Anyone can take part in the polar swim. Swimmers will take the plunge directly out from the Moana Reserve steps. There will be two lines of numbered balloons floating in the water, one for children and a separate one for adults. Tickets inside the balloons will depict the prize won, which range from $50-$200 cash to restaurant vouchers and Ōrewa merchandise.
All swimmers need to register on the event site from 12 o’clock and they all get a free coffee or hot chocolate after the swim.
Dressing up for the swim is encouraged and there are spot prizes for things like best dressed and best belly flop.
Giant games, and a Frozen themed bouncy castle, along with food trucks, will keep everyone entertained.