The Vector Wero Whitewater Park facility is designed to provide a white water course utilising two conveyors transporting users on rafts or kayaks from a large storage lake to either a short or long water course, with the option of venturing over a formed waterfall. There are three 160kW pumps that provide 10.5m3/s of water to the starting pond of the short course. Conversely, there are four 350kW pumps that provide 16.0m3/s of water to the long course with 4.0m3/s of this capacity dedicated to the waterfall.
Below are the frequently asked questions. If you have a question that isn't answered here, feel free to contact us.
- Is there an entrance fee?
- Is the water flowing all the time?
- Is there a minimum age to do a rafting or kayaking activity?
- Do I need to be experienced to kayak or raft?
- What do I wear?
- What are the two river courses called and what do their classifications mean?
- How long are the two courses?
- If I require medication can I still take part?
- Can I raft/kayak if I am pregnant?
- Can I swim in the lake?
Is there an entrance fee?
Entrance to the Park is free for those who would like to watch and walk around. However you must stay on the footpath at all times and not attempt to go near the river’s edge even if the water is not flowing. Locked gates at the end of each footpath are off limits to the public.
Is the water flowing all the time?
The water pumps are only turned on when there is an activity or a booking on a water course.
Is there a minimum age to do a rafting or kayaking activity?
Children under 14 must be accompanied by his/her parent or another responsible adult at all times throughout their visit at the Park. All water activity participants under 18 years old will need a completed parental consent form.
Age restrictions apply to the following water courses:
Grade 1-2: 8 years old
Grade 3-4: 14 years ol
Do I need to be experienced to kayak or raft?
Kayaking: You must pass an assessment first and be able to demonstrate competencies e.g. perform an eskimo roll, defensive swimming skills etc. Click here for more information on kayaking competencies.
Rafting: No experience needed as you will be with a raft guide. You’ll need to be at a reasonable level of fitness and have the ability to understand and follow instructions.
What do I wear?
The minimum you will need is a swimsuit. We provide booties if you don’t have your own footwear. Secure water shoes or sneakers are great. Slip on type aqua socks tend to come off and are not advised. Longjohn style wetsuits are available for hire at $10. In colder months, we suggest that you bring a thermal top to stay a little warmer.
What are the two river courses called and what do their classifications mean?
Grade 1-2:Tamariki River
Regular medium-sized waves of less than 1 metre; and low ledges or drops, easy eddies, and gradual bends; and a passage that is (i) Easy to recognise; and (ii) Generally unobstructed, although there may be rocks in the main current, overhanging branches, or log jams.
Grade 3-4: River Rush
Have fairly high waves of 1 to 2 metres; and have broken water, stoppers and strong eddies, exposed rocks, and small falls; and have a passage that may be difficult to recognise from the river; and require manoeuvring to negotiate the rapids.
How long are the two courses?
Tamariki River: 200m
River Rush: 300m
If I require medication can I still take part?
We advise that you check with your GP before taking part in any of our activities. It is advisable that your medication is accessible.
Can I raft/kayak if I am pregnant?
No. The Park does not allow anyone who is pregnant to participate any of the activities. There is a risk that a pregnant person could sustain a blow to the abdomen either through falling out the raft, from a paddle of another person or someone falling against them.
Can I swim in the lake?
No. There is no swimming allowed in the lake.