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Kawarau Zipride | AJ Hackett Bungy
Every now and then, Shade Systems gets the opportunity to work on a job that is truly unique. This was certainly the case with the cover installed over the Kawerau Zip Ride launchpad in Queenstown! Situated high above the Kawerau River and Gorge, the launchpad is the starting point for many of the thrill-seekers that flock to Queenstown in search of the buzz that only a huge shot of adrenalin can give.
The project began in 2012. Someone involved in the project who had seen the sails we had manufactured for Wynyard Quarter in Auckland, approached Shade Systems. Discussions commenced and by February 2013, we had submitted a quote, along with a number of design options for the canopy. Unlike other projects, we were only involved in the canopy itself. This was due to the framework of the structure being incorporated into the zip ride itself for strength and structural purposes. The cover itself was also required to meet certain aesthetic specifications, given that the site is a heritage site. We located a special silver fabric and brought in to the workshop when fabrication commenced quickly.
The Shade Systems team achieves new heights…
By the end of February, our team was onsite to install the cover. We were instructed that the project needed to be completed very quickly. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Prime Minister shortly. Perched around 50 metres up in the air, with a drop straight into the Kawerau River to one side, it was certainly not a job for the fainthearted to tackle! However, the weather was kind. Plus the prime view of the bungee jump upriver was an added bonus! Two days later, we completed the project. The team were able to get back onto solid ground again and breathe a sigh of relief for a few minutes at least!
As thanks for the work they’d done, the boys received free passes to strap up and take the bungee jump from the bridge that they’d spent the last two days watching. A few minutes and a lot of screaming later, they were on their way back to the airport, congratulating each other on a job well done.
With its graceful curves and unique shape, the Queenstown canopy is certainly a very attractive addition to the already stunning location. We definitely enjoyed this project. In fact, you could say the memories of it make some of us go weak at the knees!
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