The Park is new and exciting for everyone involved and everyone coming to visit. If you’re new to the Park and downhill mountain biking, here is some useful information to ensure you have a great - and importantly - safe experience shredding our trails and wanting more!


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Getting Started

Downhill mountain biking (DH) is a genre of mountain biking practiced on steep, rough terrain that often features jumps, drops, rock gardens and other obstacles. The Christchurch Adventure Park is the southern hemisphere’s only lift-accessed downhill park and has over XX of exciting trails designed for every level & ability.

To make your experience awesome from the start you may wish to consider riding in or try car-pooling with your mates. We have 150 carparks available on site - on our busy days these do get full.


WARMING UP

Crashes can happen anytime, especially on your first lap. Ride the trail multiple times to get familiar with the features and equipment you’re on so you can confidently push your limits without pushing your threshold. The best way to remember this is with the graphic below. A PRE, RE, and FREE-Ride mentality should be used by riders of all ages and skill levels.


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

If you already mountain bike, chances are you already know how to handle a bike on off-road terrain. But if you’re new to riding in the bike park, there are different features and obstacles that aren’t commonly found on local trails. Bike park riding requires a new set of skills riders need to have in order to ride safe and to progress your skills properly throughout the range of our trail network. Our trail network has been designed for progression learning in the sport. They are not the typical trails that Cantabrians may be used to in the Port Hills, McLeans Island or Bottle Lake Forest.

Get the right downhill techniques and tips from the start with a lesson from our very experienced coaches. Whether you need the fundamentals or want to refine your tricks, our expert coaches teach the best skills required for navigating the Bike Park. You’ll gain confidence to ride the mountain and get a tour of the trails suited to your ability.

 

DOWNHILL APPRENTICE

This is an introduction to riding lift-accessed trails. Even if you've been riding trails for years this introduction will teach you the best stance and balance positions as well as developing braking and cornering skills to ensure a great introduction into riding at the Adventure Park. All inclusive (1 uplift, bike rental & gear, instructor for 2 hours) only $80pp.


FREERIDE TRAILS & TECHNICAL TRAILS - THE DIFFERENCE

It’s important to learn and navigate the trails with confidence. Follow our recommended trail routes which are designed for progression. These routes start small and let you build your skills by linking together various terrain and features that you’ll find around the Park.

 

GEAR GUIDE

Don’t let weather, obstacles or crashes put an early end to your day. Protect your body from a range of elements or injuries with these protective equipment picks, designed exclusively for downhill mountain biking. A helmet is mandatory for every rider, and additional protective gear is required for beginners. All downhill bike rentals include gear for peace of mind.


CHOOSE YOUR RIDE

No Bike? No problem. Downhill bike rentals are available from the Rental / Retail shop in the village. Book yours here. A mountain bike that is designed for riding downhill specific trails is key for making the most out of your experience and ensuring that you’re safe on the trails.

Downhill

Downhill specific bikes are heavier and stronger than other mountain bikes and feature front and rear suspension with over 8 inches (20 cm) of travel, to glide quickly over rocks and tree roots. They are intended for all levels of riders who want to enjoy the most from the Park. We have a fleet of Giant Glory’s ready to serve you.

All-Mountain

All-mountain bikes have suspension in the front and rear with a more upright design, allowing riders to climb and descend hills. At the minimum, riders to the Park should have this type of bike which is best suited for beginner and intermediate terrain only.

 

Cross-Country

Cross-country bikes generally have less suspension than most mountain bikes, making them ideal for pedalling long distances. They are not recommended in the Park.


Terminology

What do you call that again? Learn the lingo of the trail features you’ll encounter in the Park.

 

BERM - A raised bank on the outside of a corner that allows a rider to maintain speed without losing traction or sliding out.

DROP - A vertical drop in the trail, usually at the end of a log, rock or abrupt slope.

GAP - A jump that has a gap in between the takeoff and landing.

LADDER - An elevated wooden feature slightly wider than a skinny. Also known as a bridge.

RAMP - The angled takeoff or landing on a jump or feature.

 

RIDE-AROUND - An alternate and easier route that usually avoids a technical obstacle.

ROCK GARDEN - A section of trail filled with rocks, roots and other rough features.

ROLLERS - A series of small bumps that can either be rolled or gapped.

SKINNY - A narrow, wooden trail feature raised off the ground.

SLOPESTYLE- A type of riding characterized by man-made features, including jumps, wallrides and berms.

 

STEP-DOWN - A jump that has a landing lower than its takeoff.

STEP-UP - A jump that has a landing higher than its takeoff.

TABLETOP - A jump shaped with relatively even ramps on both sides and a flat, table-like deck in the middle.

WALLRIDE - A vertical or near-vertical wall-like surface.

 

PHEW! ENOUGH WITH ALL THAT SERIOUS STUFF. GET DOWN TO THE PARK ALREADY, WE CAN'T WAIT TO SHOW YOU HOW GOOD IT IS!

You can find more information on the trails here.