In January Alpine Springs in Lake Tekapo will open the country’s first summer tubing facility at the Alpine Springs Hot Pools and Day Spa complex on the shores of Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie Country.
What is summer tubing?
Summer tubing involves gliding speedily but safely downhill on artificial matting with raised sides, using normal snow tubes with a reinforced base. The tubing track is built onto the ground and has straights, banked corners and parabolic curves.
Summer tube rides were at the top of the Must Do Lists for northern hemisphere adventure seekers – and the first one in New Zealand will be opened at Lake Tekapo’s Alpine Springs resort in January 2012.
The facility is being imported from Austria, and will be installed on the winter snow tube park on the lower slopes of Mount John. It uses synthetic carpet with the same slippery properties as snow, and curves, corners and slopes on the thrilling ride-on-gravity.
Riders use the winter snow tubes, but the bottoms of the tubes are reinforced for use on the artificial matting. There is an existing Magic Carpet conveyor lift to take people quickly up to the top of the 150 metre slope.
Cathy Hemsworth, Business Development Manager for Alpine Springs, said summer tubing had proved so popular in Europe and North America that 500 facilities had been installed in just a few years.
“It’s become a real craze and we’re delighted to be the first in New Zealand to offer such a great summer adventure ride that’s safe for all the family. There’s only one in Australia but they are incredibly popular in Europe where they’re operating in urban and rural settings,” Cathy Hemsworth said.
“The summer tube experience will add to the roller and blade skating attractions we offer, and the three hot pools. I’m sure it’ll be a very popular combo for families here and there will be a lot of younger people who will want to tube and talk about it on their social networks.”
“Tubers get the thrills and spills of an exciting downhill ride in a safe environment, and as operators, it means we can use the same slope and conveyor lift for both winter and summer rides.”
Alpine Springs will have the facility open by early January.
But wait, thats not all!
Next week Alpine Springs is sending a team to the Christchurch A&P show to showcase Alpine Springs to the people of canterbury. The team manning the site will be running competitions, selling tickets to Under The Big Sky, giving away products to some lucky people, offering FREE massage services and offering some very cool christmas presents. The site will be located in the Tourism and Recreation section of the Trade and Feature Pavilion from Wednesday November 9th to Friday November 11th. Come by and meet the friendly team on site.
Less than a month to go!
December 3 is drawing every closer and you know what that means, time to buy your Under The Big Sky tickets! Accommodation is filling up fast in Tekapo for the big weekend so don’t miss out. Anton Roswell from Port FM is going to be the MC for the night, and Timaru based band Double Talk will be opening for Eddie Simon and Blue Train before Aly Cook with the Coalrangers take the stage. This is sure to be an one of the biggest nights Lake Tekapo has seen in a long time. Book your tickets here today.