Christchurch getting NZ's biggest indoor hydroslides

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  • Five eel-inspired hydroslides have begun to reveal themselves at Christchurch’s Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre, with installation work now under way.

    First published on 23 February 2022 on Newsline

    The 32,000m2 indoor sports and aquatics facility is being delivered by Crown company Ōtākaro Limited and will be operated by Christchurch City Council.

    Ōtākaro Chief Executive John Bridgman says the hydroslides range in height from nine to 12 metres and are made up of around 800 pieces of fibreglass.

    “It took 10 shipping containers to get all the sections of the slides here, so it’s no surprise these are going to be the biggest and best indoor hydroslides in New Zealand. The trapdoor hydroslide, which sends riders hurtling down at around 40 kilometres per hour, will be a drawcard for the central city.”

    Swimplex Aquatics Project Manager Murray Booth says the installation process is incredibly complex.

    “In some places there are seven sections of hydroslide between the ground and the sky because of the way they exit, twist, drop, then re-enter Parakiore. It’s challenging work, but we’re lucky we get to build something that is solely being put here to bring joy into people’s lives.”

    Ōtākaro, Christchurch City Council and Matapopore have worked closely on the design of the hydroslides.

    Council Head of Recreation, Sports and Events Nigel Cox says the slides have been designed to resemble silver-bellied eels in an eel pot.

    “This unique and authentic colour scheme gives the hydroslides added meaning and will make the St Asaph Street entrance to Parakiore a memorable sight.”

    Installation of the hydroslides’ external sections will take around a month, weather and COVID-19 permitting.

    Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre is being built by CPB Contractors. Construction is expected to be completed around the middle of 2023.

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