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Hill (Re)Start

Christchurch was justifiably excited about the opening of the Christchurch Adventure Park, but just as it was getting into the swing of things, we had to put our enthusiasm on hold due to significant damage caused by the Port Hills Fires (thanks for nothing, Port Hills Fires!). But after a long rebuilding and recovery process, there’s awesome news for downhill (and uphill!) junkies; the park is back open again, and although repairs and replacement are continuing over the summer, there’s already plenty of things to see, experience, and enjoy. The reopening, which they’ve dubbed #captake2, sees all of the Park’s fantastic village facilities operating once again, as well as its chairlift, zipline tour, and selected trails. It’s already the spot to be for outdoor good times this summer, and it’s only going to get better!

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Café Nestled in pine forest with seating for over 200, a large covered deck perfect for sunny afternoon or early evening drinks (from the fully licensed bar), and delicious food and coffee, the Park café is not only the spot for your post-ride wind down, but a great destination in its own right. Pull up a seat on the awesome deck, order in a pint of Cassels & Sons, and enjoy.

Zipline The Park offers New Zealand’s longest and highest zipline, with the dual-lined network giving the competitive amongst us the chance to race a mate or significant other through the air! The four zipline stages range in length from 400 metres to a massive 1.1 kilometres; you won’t find a more unique and thrilling way to see the Port Hills. The zipline network tour is approximately two and half hours long, and takes in sites of geographical and historical significance too; bookings are essential, so screw up your courage and then give them a call to organise your high-flying adventure.

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Lift The Park’s 1.8 kilometre long chairlift is the first in the country purposefully designed for riders and their bikes, facilitating your downhill action easily with a simple-to-use loading and unloading system – sweet – but is also available to those who would just like to enjoy the ride and views via the Sightseeing Pass. It makes for a stunning scenic ride, with views across the city and out to the Pacific Ocean and Southern Alps on offer up the top.

Trails Although several of the park’s trails are still under repair following the fires, a number are back open, offering a range of options from beginner through to expert level. Bring your own bike or take advantage of the Park’s full bike and equipment hire service. If you want to step up your downhill skills, you can also pick up some professional coaching, with options ranging from a guided downhill run with an experienced instructor to group lessons aimed at developing technical and jumping skills. If you’re not a rider, you can also enter the Park for free to enjoy the village and uphill walking trail, and can even come down the lift for free!

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