Hydroslide open for holidays

The new hydroslides at Splash Palace are taking shape and are expected to open on April 19.

INVERCARGILL will have a new attraction these school holidays.

Following months of delay, the new hydroslides at Splash Palace were set to open on April 19 with an official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

The project involved the construction of three new hydroslides at the facility, costing $3.2 million.

Invercargill City Council aquatic services manager Stephen Cook said it expected 13% more visitors annually or an increase of about 60,000 visits.

“The current hydroslide is one of our most popular activities within the facility, and we knew that whatever we replaced it with would have to be impressive.” It would consist of three slides shorter body slides (69m and 79m long, respectively) which were rated medium and an 101m raft slide featuring a large sphere section.

The larger one was classified as an “extreme ride” as people, individually or in pairs, would “fly up” the sphere before shooting out the bottom.

“With our three new slides we will be able to run up to 480 rides an hour, four times the current capacity while at the same time offering a better choice in slide experiences.

“We can’t wait to let the public loose on the slides and to let them enjoy this great new attraction for the city.”