When developing the Spellbound ‘Spirit Cave' site in Waitomo, New Zealand, tour operators Pete and Libby Chandler searched for a boardwalk product that would stand up to the cave’s constant wet conditions.
They settled on Replas Enduroplank™ decking, as Pete was influenced by its functionality and cost effectiveness as well as the environmentally-friendly message that recycled products convey.
'It was obvious that the Replas product would give us decades of service with virtually no maintenance', says Pete. 'It was simple to install and we were even able to cut some sections lengthwise to create curved pathways so that the boardwalk follows the natural contours of the cave. We are extremely satisfied with the product in every respect. And so are our customers; the boardwalk is not slippery and is very safe and comfortable to walk on.'
Replas profiles were used to highlight the edge and form a kick rail in the cave path construction, on both the Enduroplank™ and concrete sections. Spellbound Tours are now planning further development with Replas profiles to be used as stringers in the boardwalk construction, whilst more Enduroplank™ has been ordered to add to the 80 metres of boardwalk already in use.