From the outside CAP may look like a bit of a corporate entity but take a look a little closer you will quickly discover that it’s fuelled by stoke. CAP is made up of amazing passionate people that will put everything into making the park an amazing experience for everyone that comes. Over the year we will be sharing some insight on the different departments within CAP and introducing you to some of the faces within them.
We’ve had a few questions from visitors asking why some of our trails are closed, and why some are yet to open. Read on to find out more about what we’re currently working on and what’s next on our list.
Moose Knuckle – this is one of our most popular trails and has been a part of the trail network for some time. As Moose Knuckle is a black-level technical trail with very steep rocky sections, jumps and drops, the entrance to the trail must represent that. This is hugely important for the safety of all our guests, as it ensures riders are aware of the technical features before attempting to ride the trail. Unfortunately, this safety feature was somehow removed, and so the trail must remain closed until this feature can be re-built. Update: Moose Knuckle has now re-opened (19th January)
The GC – we are super excited about The GC and can’t wait to get it open, but there are a few things we need to finalise first. Firstly, we need to build alternative routes for all the expert/pro features on the trail, so riders aren’t forced to ride a feature that is beyond their capability. Secondly, the start of the trail needs to be moved from its current location. Finally, the end of The GC track needs to be completed, as it’s currently linking to a narrow forest road, also used by vehicles.
Yoda – Yoda is the next trail on our list to get open. It just needs an entry feature that is suitable for its difficulty and a safe exit, then it’s good to go. We have an amazing trail crew who are working hard to get trails open, but they must prioritise and urgent trail maintenance must always come first.
Wet Trails – we keep a close eye on the conditions of all our trails throughout the day. At times, we close trails when they become too wet to be safely ridden by all riders. When trails become wet, they become slippery and much harder to ride. We understand that some riders have the ability to ride our trails in all conditions, but not all our customers have the knowledge or expertise to do so. We monitor the conditions and close trails to keep all our riders safe.
As well as making progress on opening new trails, we have a busy trail crew providing regular maintenance to all trails already open. This is currently our foremost priority, as ensuring we have a safe, suitable green, blue and black trail for the whole mountain is hugely important.
If you are interested in joining our Trail Crew team, please take a look at our careers page.
There may be a small misconception going around about what the Christchurch Adventure Park (CAP) is all about or what type of person it’s aimed at. Let's clear something up right here… CAP is for everyone! Hikers, thrill seekers, bird watchers, sight seers, mountain bikers or people that just want to chillout in the village cafe of a world class adventure park. CAP has you covered as your gateway to exploring the Port Hills. CAP is your go to for adventure.
Every good Adventure Park should have a pump track. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of riding one before let us fill you in on why.
A good pump track, with the right guidance, can be an amazing asset for mountain bikers looking to school up on their handling skills (We’d highly recommend taking a skills class to get pointed in the right direction). More importantly they’re super fun to play around on. From learning the track, discovering lines, perfecting the rhythm, riding with friends, the list goes on.
To make sure CAP didn’t miss out on having such an awesome ‘play ground’ we reached out to the local kids to come up with some inspirational designs. The designs we got back were nothing short of amazing and gave us the base we needed to get this ball rolling.
Our world class trail crew meet up in the village and got to work building. Two days later and with a helping hand from the young local design team it was done.
Take it from us this is one epic pump track.
We can’t wait to share it with you as well as everything else this park has to offer. Come out and have a go.
There are some some real gems to discover in the Christchurch Adventure Park and the harder you look the better they get.
The park overlooks the city of Christchurch (the largest city in the South Island), the vast Canterbury plains and the epic Southern Alps. But you will quickly discover that the heart and soul of the park is found the vast forests within. Packed full of all types of bird life, endless plant life and where the woods end the rugged grass fields start. Wild flowers populate the fields, which can give the park a real alpine vibe. And the best aspect about all this is these are just the opening areas. As the park grows over the years who knows what will become unearthed.
This forest has been one of the Port Hills best kept secrets and it’s ready to be opened to the world.