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Vector Wero Whitewater Park is a world class tourism destination that engages our communities and youth. It is New Zealand's first facility to offer an artificial river and water course for recreation, sports, and emergency services training, school programmes and youth development.

It is a pinnacle stage within the collection of facilities which includes the Vodafone Events Centre and the Sir Noel Robinson Conference Centre.

The Park on water operations are ably led by Olympic gold medal champion Ian Ferguson and his team.

The white water park is developed and operated on behalf of the community by Second Nature Charitable Trust which reinvests the corporate dollars into educational and community programmes – building a stronger community and everybody wins.

Community Good

Second Nature Charitable Trust inherently believes in ‘achieve’. We are driven to achieve meaningful difference for our community, evidenced through a culture of setting goals every day, following through and putting power where we want it. A culture where achieving can become ‘second nature.’

We believe that everyone can, and has the right to, achieve - whether it be one small step, or many very remarkable ones. One step leads to the next on any scale. 

Our Trust’s facilities and programmes are designed and delivered to share and instil this culture into the youth of the wider community, so that setting goals, following through and achieving can become their ‘second nature’ too. 

To learn more about our mission and work, download our Community Good Report 2017 and click here.


Design

Vector Wero Whitewater Park was developed using best practice in the world.

Whitewater Parks International (WPI) was the design brain-power behind New Zealand’s first and only artificial white water facility. WPI has worked on Penrith Whitewater Stadium, Lee Valley Whitewater Stadium and the Rio Olympic Whitewater Stadium.

At Czech Technical University of Prague, the world’s preeminent research facility for water movement, a scale model was built to test and fine-tune the design, ensuring the grade 3/4 river meets international standards.

A tamer grade 2 river is included to make the park accessible to youth, weekend warriors, corporates and anyone keen to have a crack at rafting, kayaking and even stand up paddleboarding (SUP).

The large pond (9,000m2) is used for water confidence skills and sport.

Qualified River Raft and Kayaking Guides

Your safety is at the forefront of our team.

Vector Wero Whitewater Park has a Safety Management System that has been audited and certified by OutdoorsMark against the Safety Audit Standard for Adventure Activities.

Qualified outdoor guides and educationalists serve as the guide and tutors to visitors at Vector Wero Whitewater Park and perform safety checks on all equipment onsite.

School activities are designed within the National Curriculum of the New Zealand Ministry of Education and are modelled on the successful Vodafone Events Centre Schools Programme.