Govt gives $2m for Port Hills bike park
Chairlift and 120km of MTB downhill trailsALAN WOOD
Hills and Harbour
The Government is coughing up $2 million for a mountain bike park on the Port Hills.
The 315-hectare Christchurch adventure park is one of six tourism projects to get this backing in the first round of funding through a Government scheme.
The park will be located on land between Dyers Pass, Worsleys and Summit roads.
The developers behind the park will contribute a further $20.5 million. The funding partnership was announced at the Trenz 2014 tourism conference today.
The developer, Select Evolution New Zealand, says it wants to build 120 kilometres of groomed trails on the forested land.
The park would also have a 1.8km purpose-built chairlift rising 435 vertical metres, along with a restaurant, on-site accommodation, retail areas and other "adrenaline-based" activities.
An increasing number of international mountain bikers were demanding world-class facilities as a destination, the organisers said in a statement.
The park would run year round to provide off-season tourism and an anchor attraction to Christchurch.
It is expected to provide an extra 30,000 room nights to the Canterbury region and millions of dollars of annual economic benefits to New Zealand, organisers and the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment said in a statement.
The Government funding to the adventure park is by far the largest of the six projects announced in the first round.
Under the partnership the Government has made $32m available over four years.
"Investing in a wide range of innovative tourism projects will help the New Zealand tourism industry as a whole, and create jobs in New Zealand," Prime Minister John Key said at Trenz 2014.
A second round of funding is now open for applications.
- The Press