If The Flintstones did waterparks…

The Rere rockslide is a naturally-occurring gentle, smooth rock incline around 60 metres in length, located 50km west of Gisborne. It has been worn smooth by the continuous flow of water over the years, and is screaming out to be slid down. You’ll need a boogie board, or inflatable of some kind as it’s smooth, but not that smooth (I found this out by falling off my boogie board and doing almost the entire length on my back!). Gisborne iSite has boogie boards to rent for $20 each per dy, but for the same money you can buy one from K-Mart or Warehouse, and on a good day you’ll find a few lying around at the rock slide.

If you time it right and with a bit of a run up/push off, you can gather some pretty impressive speed, and make a good sized splash in the pool at the bottom. Climbing back up proved more difficult than getting down, but after few runs you soon get the hang of it. IT’s not like any other waterslide I’ve ever seen, and is well worth the detour from Gisbourne.