Christchurch Adventure Park prepares to open in December

The Christchurch Adventure Park is on the road to recovery and has started taking bookings for Christmas parties.
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The Christchurch Adventure Park is on the road to recovery and has started taking bookings for Christmas parties.

The fire-ravaged Christchurch Adventure Park is aiming to reopen by December.

A post on the park's Facebook page said the Port Hills attraction had started taking bookings for Christmas parties from December 1, but an official opening date had not been confirmed.

However, it was not yet known if the bike trails would be able to reopen. The chairlift and ziplines were expected to be operating.

After a "pretty trying" year, the staff were "ready to send it off with a bang", the post said.

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Stuff was unable to reach the park spokeswoman for comment.

The popular $20 million attraction, which offered chairlift-assisted mountain biking, had only been open for only eight weeks before damage caused by the Port Hills fires in February forced its closure.

About two-thirds of the trees in the 358-hectare park had needed to be removed, and the 36-tonne chairlift cable had to be replaced.

About one-third of the park's roughly 90 staff were laid off after the blazes, but the park was now looking to hire a new general manager and would be hiring other roles, a Facebook post said.

"To join our awesome, resilient, resourceful and battle tested management team, we are now looking for the right person to join us," the job advertisement on Facebook said.

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"Some roles are going to require specific qualifications so here's a heads up to get planning if you're keen on patrol or trail crew."

 - Stuff

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