Whakapapa chairlift build on target

Whakapapa chairlift build on target

Whakapapa chairlift parts arrive

The latest of around 13 containers loaded with components for the new detachable quad chairlift for Whakapapa arrived at the Top o’ The Bruce on Saturday.

Another 12 containers are to arrive soon for the new lift.

Meanwhile concrete was poured for the return station of the Poma-Leitner lift that will run from the base to Hut Flat, replacing the old two-seater Centennial chairlift.

Another concrete pour yesterday saw the bases of four towers completed, with the aim being to have all tower bases poured by the end of the month.

The towers have arrived in the country, reports Whakapapa operations manager Steve McGill, and are currently being painted.

Mr McGill said progress is “pretty much on track” for completion by the middle of June, in time for the start of the 2016 snow season.

The lift covers around 700 metres and will have a capacity of 2800 people per hour, with the trip taking around two minutes. The old chairlift was about half the capacity and took around 7-8 minutes, partly because it had to run slowly to allow for foot passengers.

The new lift return station will finish closer to the Rockgarden chairlift and will be easier for skiers and boarders to access the Rockgarden runs.

The loading area for the Waterfall Express will be extended to make easier access from the new lift to the Waterfall.