The Christchurch Adventure Park reopens to the public today, 10 months after closing due to the Port Hills Fire. The Park opens with the 200 seat café, chairlift, sightseeing, zip line tours and a some of the newly built mountain bike trails.
Christchurch Adventure Parks General Manager, Anne Newman is delighted to finally be able to reopen the park; “Today has been a long time coming. It has been a really tough 10 months but today see’s the start of CAP Take 2. The staff are buzzing and we can’t wait to see the Park full of customers again. The exciting thing is that we are opening with some new trails that weren’t here before the fire. The new trails are spectacular and to top it off these are forest trails so we still have managed to keep some of that trail experience. We will also have our coaching trail open. The other machine built trails will follow by early 2018 and we’ll reopen the other trails over summer as they are finished.”
“ We may be opening the doors quietly today but this weekend we’re planning a whole lot of festivities. There’ll be spot prizes, pump track challenge, scavenger hunt, bike suspension setup & tuning session with mechanical assistance and advice from Sram and Rockshox, Safety presentations with a Kali Helmet Giveaway, as well as Cassels Beer tasting. It is going to be a fun weekend. Not to mention the views from the top of the chairlift. The removal of quite a few trees has a bit of a silver lining in that the view from the top is absolutely amazing” says Newman.
The fire saw the Park close for 10 months while logging of approximately 600 acres took place. The 26 tonne haul rope for the chairlift has been replaced along with all four zip lines. The existing trail network was destroyed and trail building has had to start again from scratch. A significant section of the park has been replanted already and over 80 staff are now employed within the Park.
“We’d like to thank the community for their ongoing support, it has got us through some dark days and we can’t wait to be open again and look forward to welcoming the public back to the Park again” says Newman.
The Christchurch Adventure Park officially opened on 16th December 2016 with New Zealand’s longest chairlift at 1.8km long and New Zealand’s longest and highest zip line. It was open for eight weeks before it was closed down due to the Port Hills Fires on February 13th. In the eight short weeks of operation over 50,000 visitors went through the doors with the café serving over 3 tonnes of fries and in two weeks sold 35 kegs of beer.
The Adventure Park will be open 12noon – 7pm daily, with the café open 11am - 8am.