Taumata is the abbreviated form of the longest place name in the world, Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatah, a hilltop in New Zealand. Maybe that’s Aquatica’s way of signaling that it’s a long way to splashdown on this combination of corkscrew and speed slide.
There are eight enclosed flumes in a single row at the top of this seven-story tower. Riders travel head first, prone on rubber mats with curved fronts that hide two hand holds. Sped along on an energetic stream of water, they zap through a 360-degree spiral before opening out onto steep speed slides that end in long slow-down lanes. Interestingly, the outside tubes at the top emerge in the middle of the speed slide section, while those at the center open onto the outer lanes of the speed slide.
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