Christchurch Adventure Park destroyed by Port Hills fires back in action

  • 05/12/2017
11 homes were destroyed in the blaze.
11 homes were destroyed in the blaze. Photo credit: Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch Adventure Park is about to re-open, 10 months after being damaged in the Port Hills fires.

The fires, in February, caused extensive damage to the park, with 600 acres of trees removed.

It's now set to open to the public at midday on Tuesday, but will look different to what locals remember, its operators says.

"Unfortunately you can't take out the volume of trees that needed to be removed without damaging our trails. What we have been left with is a hillside that is totally unrecognisable," the park's spokeswoman, Anne Newman, said.

"It is really important for the public to understand that it will take some time to rebuild all the trails we had prior to the fire."

The park's coaching and green trail will be available from Tuesday and the rest will be opened as they are completed, including some newly planned trails.

The park was only open for eight weeks before it was closed down on February 13 following the fires, but saw more than 50,000 visitors come through.

The park is also one of two defendants named in a lawsuit by insurance company IAG over the devastating fires.

The blaze started as two separate fires that merged to tear through 2000 hectares of forestry and scrub, destroying 11 homes.

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