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How did Spring Loaded happen?

The adventures at Spring Loaded started way back in the 1980s when some clever spark took a jet boat up the Kaituna River and realised it was the ‘awesome-ist’ trip ever! After that came the Mud Bugs and then some time later we got us some helicopters and a couple of pilots and Spring Loaded was complete!

The first commercial NZ jet boat trip on the Kaituna took off in December 1986 and the ride hasn’t stopped running since! Back then our Bay of Plenty adventure park was named Longridge Park and the boat was the Longridge Jet.

In 2008 Longridge Park was sold to new owners. These guys already had a bunch of helicopters and they were kind enough to give Longridge Park access to the whirlybirds and pilots.Our Bay of Plenty attraction now offers scenic helicopter flights onsite.

In the winter of 2009 a new 4x4 track was built.  It was pretty fun to watch! The 4X4 track took a lot of digging machinery, tractors and some clever planning. Now and again there was not as much clever as was needed and the guides had the odd vehicle stuck in the mud, a few on their side and the occasional one upside down. After 3 months we had ourselves a brand new 4X4 track.

In January 2009 Longridge Park was re branded to Spring Loaded.
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