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New Zealand watersports park opens

17 February 2012 08:51

Watersports fans from all over the world will likely be interested in the new park

Watersports fans from all over the world will likely be interested in the new park

Holidaymakers in search of a watersports thrill need look no further than a new purpose-built park on the North Island of New Zealand.

Backpaddock Lakes, which boasts a 730m long and 250m wide lake and slalom course, has opened in Central Hawke's Bay.

The park, said to be the best for miles, is capable of holding international watersports events. The closest equivalent is near Rotorua or Taupo.

However, thrill-seekers should ensure they have sports travel insurance to offer financial peace of mind in the event that things don't go exactly to plan in the water.

The park was a locally driven project in which surveyors, construction companies and lawyers from the area offered their support. Many worked on the three-month project for discounted rates or even went as far as to waive their fee.

Central Hawke's Bay Wakeboard and Waterski Club secretary Michael Harding said: "Basically, you've got a world-class facility in Central Hawke's Bay and let me tell you, you would have to go a long way to find something better.

"It was just a matter of digging a big hole, but we shifted a lot of material. We consulted with other private lake owners to make sure we got it right. If you're going to run competitions you have got to make sure things are right," he added.