7 December 2017
Christchurch Adventure Park has reopened to the public, 10 months after closing due to the Port Hills fire.
The park's 200-seat café, chairlift, sightseeing, zip line tours and some of its newly-built mountain bike trails will be open from 12pm to 7pm daily, with the café open from 11am.
Christchurch Adventure Park is home to New Zealand’s longest chairlift at 1.8 kilometres and New Zealand’s longest and highest zip line.
Spokesperson Anne Newman says she is delighted to be able to welcome the public back.
“The staff are buzzing and we can’t wait to see the park full of customers again,” she says.
The park first opened on 16th December 2016 and in the eight weeks before it was closed as a result of the Port Hills fires in February 2017, more than 50,000 visitors went through its doors.
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 exciting thing is that we are opening with some new trails that weren’t here before the fire," says Newman.
"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. The removal of quite a few trees has a bit of a silver lining in that the view from the top is absolutely amazing.”
The village containing the café, bike rental and guest services was fortunate to escape the fire.
A significant section of the park has been replanted and Newman says more than 80 staff are now employed there.
“We’d like to thank the community for their ongoing support."