New pools and slide planned for 2019
We’re pumped! We have resource consent to build five new thermal pools and a new aquatic thrill ride.
The development will cost $4.5 million and is set to open in late 2019. Best of all, we’ve worked hard to make the new additions environmentally sustainable.
Our newest thrill
The new 13.5 metre high slide will attach to our existing hydroslide tower above the SuperBowl flume.
We are yet to name the slide but it will be a rush. Riders will shoot down a winding hydroslide in 2-person tubes, before going down a steep drop that propels them up a near-vertical wall for a moment of weightlessness before zooming back down and onto the slide’s finish.
The slide will sit next to the SuperBowl. This is where the AquaPlay area is at the moment ... rest assured we’re working on plans to develop a new play area elsewhere.
Half of the energy required to run the new pools and slide will come from a heat transfer unit that will utilise energy which is a bi-product of our electricity generator.
The pools are designed to be super water efficient with no holding tanks. That was important to us – we’ve worked hard to save 58,000,000 litres of thermal water a year in recent times.
We are also pioneering new construction techniques so the pools’ foundation will sit above ground and not damage tree roots below.
The process from here
We have lodged a resource consent application with the Hurunui District Council, this will be a publicly notified process so people can make submissions on the application.
The process will be lead by an independent comissioner.
All going well, we hope to start construction by April 2019.