World’s largest inflatable water slide coming to Tekapo Springs

Posted by Travel News in Travel News
Monday, 2 September 2013
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Tekapo Springs has announced it is bringing the world’s largest inflatable water slide to New Zealand, making it the first location outside the USA to have the attraction.
 
The multi-award winning South Island tourism attraction will unveil its brand new Trippo Slide on November 1 2013 in time for the busy summer season.
 
The oversized inflatable water slide with three slide chutes spans an impressive 11 metres (36 feet) high and 53 metres (175 feet) in length and will be located on Tekapo Springs’ outdoor skating rink during the summer season.
 
The slide will be permanently inflated throughout summer until end March 2014 and will replace the company’s roller skating attraction which normally operates in summer.
 
Tekapo Springs General Manager Cathy Hemsworth said the company had been looking for “an iconic and fun” summer activity for some time and that the Trippo Slide literally “jumped out” as a perfect fit.
 
“We came across this via a contact in the USA and thought it looked fantastic. It’s exactly what we’ve been searching for,” said Mrs Hemsworth.
 
“We quickly measured the rink and everything added up. There’s no other way to describe it other than to say that this slide is simply ginormous and we can’t wait to try it out.”
 
“It’s a huge coup for us to be bringing the Trippo to New Zealand because there’s nothing quite like this in Australasia and we’re the first location outside the USA to have it.”
 
The Trippo Slide is currently only being used by three other operators in the USA and hasn’t even been officially launched to market yet.

The worldwide launch will be at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) show in Orlando, Florida in mid-November the world’s largest amusement exhibition.
 
Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism Chief Executive Tim Hunter said the new attraction was “an exciting and welcome addition” to the Mackenzie region’s tourism offering.
 
“It’s imperative that we continue to expand and grow the Mackenzie District’s tourism economy and the addition of such a fun and quirky new product will attract a lot of interest from a broad range of visitors,” said Mr Hunter.
 
A launch open weekend will be held November 2 and 3 at Tekapo Springs with an array of events, promotions, guest appearances and surprises to be unveiled nearer the time.

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