World's biggest waterslide a success

By Chloe Johnson

Muddy and happy people slithered 650m down a farmland slope yesterday on what was described as the longest waterslide in the world.


The event at Helensville, 30 minutes northwest of downtown Auckland, was a fundraiser for the Live More Awesome charity raising awareness about depression.

Organiser Dan Drupstee said about 950 people went down the three slides - there were also 90m and 60m versions - including some senior citizens.

A handful of brave punters bared all for the cause, opting to go naked while others wore cowboy outfits, colourful wigs and banana suits.

"It was a kids playground for adults," Drupstee said. "Being a non-alcoholic event we wanted to take people back in time to their younger days when there were no worries and life was fun and easy. I think we achieved that."

As it was for those suffering from depression, it was okay for people frightened by the length of the slide to ask for help.



- The Aucklander

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter


© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf02 at 24 May 2017 19:09:10 Processing Time: 213ms