If the response on social media is anything to go by, the first-ever "float-in" movie night at Backpaddock Lakes in Takapau this Saturday should be a success.

The waterski and cable park in Central Hawke's Bay revealed in a Facebook post last month it would be hosting the novel outdoor event (think back to the old days of drive-in movies, but with moviegoers floating on inflatable devices while watching a flick, rather than sitting in their cars) on January 6.

The post asked people to click on different emojis to cast their vote for which movie they wanted to see most - either Steven Spielberg's classic thriller, Jaws, or the surfing, skydiving, bank heist, adrenaline-fuelled Point Break, starring Keanu Reeves and the late Patrick Swayze.

The post was voted on by more than 430 people and by late December had been shared more than 100 times, reaching more than 16,000 people.


"Yeah, it got a lot of attention - I just hope we have enough room for all the flotation devices," laughed Trevor Rowlands, who opened the water park with wife Charlotte back in 2011.

The couple were approached about staging the float-in movie night by Hamish Buchanan, owner of Wellington-based company Firefly Cinemas, which operates "pop-up" drive-in movie nights using a transportable 3m-by-6m outdoor movie screen.

Had it been a week earlier the event at Takapau would have been a New Zealand first.

However, Firefly staged Pirates of the Caribbean at the country's first "float-in" movie night at Taupo Wake Park last Saturday, December 29.

"Yeah Taupo beat us. But we've actually always had the idea of doing a drive-in or float-in movie night, so Hamish approached us at a good time. It's something new and something different that locals don't have to travel out of CHB for to enjoy, and anything in Hawke's Bay over the water in summer has got be a good thing," said Mr Rowlands.

"At this stage, the plan is for people to float on their inner tubes, lilos and ski biscuits in the marina area of the park.

"But if we sell heaps of tickets we'll move to the bigger water," said Mr Rowlands, referring to the wakeboard and cable ski lake.

"We hope to have some food vendors and some other bits and pieces and we hope to kick off early in the afternoon to encourage people to come along and participate in some wakeboarding and everything else before the movie starts around sunset."

The film that will be screened after receiving the most votes has been revealed and
Jaws lost out in the final count to Point Break - "but it should still be a pretty good movie to kick off the event".

Tickets to the weather-dependent, alcohol-free event on January 6 will cost $15 per adult, $10 per child (8-15 years old) and $40 for a family (2 adults and 2 children).
Children under 8 must share a flotation device with an adult.