New video shows devastation at Christchurch Adventure Park

  • 15/02/2017

What you need to know:

  • Several houses have been destroyed
  • The fire has crossed Dyers Pass Road into Victoria Park
  • A state of emergency has been declared and the Defence Force called in
  • Helicopters have been stood down
  • If you're at all worried, ring 111 and self evacuate. Don't wait until someone knocks on your door.

Evacuated areas:

  • South side of Cashmere Rd to Kennedy's Bush Rd and to Hoon Hay Valley Rd
  • Residents in the area from the Sign of the Takehe to Victoria Park
  • Several hundred people have been officially evacuated from homes in Long Hurst Terrace, Worsley Rd, Cracroft, the bottom of Hoon Hay Valley Rd and the Westmorland area
  • Hundreds of others across the hills have self-evacuated as the fire spreads.

Where to go:

  • Welfare centres for evacuated residents have been set up at Te Hāpua Halswell Centre on Halswell Rd, Ngā Hau e Whā National Marae on Pages Rd and the Selwyn Events centre on Meijer Dr.

A series of fires burning in the Christchurch Port Hills have damaged the new multi-million dollar Christchurch Adventure Park.

The fires have raged since Monday afternoon, destroying buildings, vehicles and forcing evacuations. 

Now nearby residents have had to watch as the flames rip through the newly opened biking tracks. 

The adventure park's spokesperson Anne Newman said: "The fire is racing down through the valley in the main part of the park where the chairlift is."

One nearby resident told Newshub that while there was "talk of it being under control", flames had "just erupted" in the park Wednesday afternoon.

The long awaited $24 million park opened in December.