5 Dec 2017

Adventure park blamed over Port Hills fires reopens

8:24 am on 5 December 2017

Christchurch Adventure Park will re-open to the public today, ten months after the Port Hills fires badly damaged it and forced it to close.

The Port Hills fire near Christchurch Adventure Park.

The Port Hills fire near Christchurch Adventure Park in February. Photo: RNZ / Joelle Dally

The park had to shut down while 240ha of burned forest were logged, the chairlift and four zip lines were replaced, and mountain bike trails were rebuilt.

Spokesperson Anne Newman said some of the trails were not ready and would be opened progressively over the summer.

She said they hoped to be fully functional again by March.

Insurer IAG is taking legal action against the park, accusing it of spreading the fire via its chairlift.

In the meantime, Ms Newman said they would be operating between midday and 7pm each day, while repair work was ongoing.

"We've done our best to get as many trails as we possibly can built, but there's still some additional trails that need to be done so we'll be working on those in the morning and opening up the trials at 12 o'clock for the public."

Ms Newman said the park had about 80 staff on the payroll and was looking forward to a busy summer season.

"We're really excited to be able to open the doors to the public again - it's been a really long ten months," she said.

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