Christchurch Adventure Park Guide
New for 2019 is the inclusion of Christchurch Adventure Park on the Chill Travel Pass. Up to two clips on the Travel Pass can be used at CAP and options include Lift Accessed Mountain Biking, the Downhill Apprentice Program or Ziplining.
The Christchurch Adventure Park is set on 358 private hectares in Christchurch’s Port Hills. The park is open year-round and has a chairlift specifically designed for mountain bikes giving access to a mix of machine and hand-built MTB trails. The views over the Canterbury Plains from the lift and on the ride down are stunning. The beginners tracks give an awesome introduction to downhill mountain biking with big fun berms and features to warm up on and from here there is plenty to get the stoke levels up for all abilities. There's a large cafe at the base area for a re-fuel, the deck is the place to be on a sunny day with local Cassel & Sons beer. The base area also has a great shop where you can rent a downhill-specific bike or buy an extra bits of gear you might need. For those not keen on biking or looking for new thrills there's a dual zip-line tour to race through the valley on. You can also get the heart rate up by riding or walking the uphill track to the top.
Terrain and Weather Tip
Check the Park Status before you head up. The lift can be subject to wind and some trails may be closed or open later in the day when they're a bit wet.
If you're new to downhill plan to ride the same trail 2 or 3 times, the body will warm up and you'll be amazed at your progression as your confidence builds.
Trails on the valley side can be split at the mid-point, e.g. you can ride the green trail 'Donuts' then if you're feeling up for it try the blue trail 'Handle the Jandle' for the 2nd half of your ride.
The Downhill Apprentice Package is a great way to get started on downhill MTB, you'll learn heaps and get to try out a downhill specific bike.
Take something warm to wear on the lift, the valley is sheltered but it can get pretty cold on the way up.
CAP Phone: 0508 247 478
The Chill Mountains
In 2019 The Chill6 accesses the 6 Ski Areas in the Selwyn District; Porters, Cheeseman, Broken River, Craigieburn Valley, Temple Basin and Mt Olympus.
The Chill12 accesses the six ski areas above plus Rainbow, Hanmer Springs, Mt Lyford, Fox Peak, Mt Dobson and Awakino.
The Chill Travel Pass accesses the 12 mountains on the Chill12 Pass as well as Christchurch Adventure Park. Up to two clips on the Chill Travel Pass can be used at Porters and/or CAP.
The Chill Regions/Accommodation
Find out more about where to stay and play in the regions around the Chill Mountains. From Nelson Lakes & Marlborough in the North down to Queenstown & Wanaka in the South. In between there's Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, Sensational Selwyn, the township of Methven, the Mackenzie District and Waitaki Valley and of course the home of Chill, Christchurch City. Here we share places to stay, eat, shop and explore to help plan your adventure in the Southern Alps.