Christchurch Adventure Park targeted by hunters, thieves video

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The Christchurch Adventure Park will feature more than 100 kilometres of downhill mountain bike routes, a 1.8km chairlift, 2km of zip lines, rock climbing, and a cafe/bar seating up to 180 people.

Just weeks before it is due to open, gun shots have been heard in the Christchurch Adventure Park, sparking concerns hunters don't know it's off limits.

Activity at the park was going into overdrive, with just over two weeks to go before the Canterbury attraction's December 16 official opening.

However shots were fired from within the park last weekend, as hunters went in search of deer.

The children's pump track at the Christchurch Adventure Park is nearing completion, along with the restaurant and bar in ...
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The children's pump track at the Christchurch Adventure Park is nearing completion, along with the restaurant and bar in the background.

The 358 hectares of land between Dyers Pass, Summit and Worsleys roads had been closed to the public since April 4. 

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Park programme director Darron Charity said it was hazardous for hunters to be in the area as people were working across the site building tracks and installing the zip lines.

The finishing touches are added to the 180-seat restaurant and bar at the Christchurch Adventure Park.
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The finishing touches are added to the 180-seat restaurant and bar at the Christchurch Adventure Park.

"We're going to have a few thousand people in here on the busy days . . . We don't want anyone put in harms way by the silly acts of a few."

The park has also been targeted by thieves twice in the last three weeks. They have stolen about $20,000 worth of tools, locked away in various locations.

Cameras have been put in place, but thieves were entering the park from some of the more remote locations.

Christchurch Adventure Park trails manager Nick Sutcliffe prepares the children's pump track.
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Christchurch Adventure Park trails manager Nick Sutcliffe prepares the children's pump track.

Charity said 24 hour security would be in place once the park was operational, but he encouraged the public to be on the look out for any suspicious behaviour around the park's boundaries.

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Work started at the $25 million park in March and the finishing touches were being applied.

The 1.8-kilometre quad chairlift, capable of taking up to 1200 riders and their bikes up 435 vertical metres each hour, was going through its final testing, before a compliance certificate could be issued. 

The zip line foundations had been laid and the dual lines would soon be installed. The 180-seat cafe and bar was being fitted out, technology was being installed in the ticketing office, the children's pump track had been built and part of the rental bike fleet was ready to be unpacked.

Charity said the park went through a huge transformation each day as more than 100 people worked on the site.

"We're just gearing up now, ready to turn it on."

The chairlift at the Christchurch Adventure Park is undergoing final testing before compliance can be given.
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The chairlift at the Christchurch Adventure Park is undergoing final testing before compliance can be given.

Most of the staff had been hired and 50 were expected to begin training next week. About 80 staff would be employed by opening day, and would eventually increase to 120.

Charity hoped the park would open the day after December 16 to the 1500 people who bought Stoke Passes in October, but this was dependent on the necessary consents being received.

The park would open to the public about four days after it opened to pass holders.  

Stage two of the development, which would include five lodges and 14 cottages, accommodating 252 people, and a mountain coaster would be built within two or three years.

CHAIRLIFT CHARITY AUCTION

The park was offering one person and three mates a chance to be the first official riders up the park's chairlift. 

The ride was being auctioned on Trade Me and all proceeds would go to the Kaikoura Earthquake Fund to help those affected by the November 14 earthquake. 

The experience is being tipped as a "once in a lifetime opportunity that you can continue to bring up at the pub for years to come".

The ride would happen on the first day the park was operational and was a way for those who missed out on buying preferential passes, released in October, a way to get in before it opened fully to the public.

Park spokeswoman Anne Newman said the park was keen to do something to give to the people affected by the earthquake.

"It is a highly sought after – first ride of the chair – so we thought it would be a great opportunity to auction it off and the money raised can go to Kaikoura."

The auction would close on December 6. 

 - Stuff

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