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Press Release: Largest downhill park in Southern Hemisphere to be built in Christchurch

Posted by Brett S Kennedy on Wednesday May 21 2014

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Blenki is just one of many high profile mountain bikers that call Christchurch home and will no doubt be utilising the 365 day lift accessed bike park in Christchurch.

Select Evolution, a Canada based international leisure and entertainment developer, plans to build the largest mountain bike park in the Southern Hemisphere, located on the Port Hills, just 5km from the centre of Christchurch. The Park will occupy 780 acres of working forest, providing excellent terrain for mountain biking and will incorporate numerous additional attractions including specialised learning areas, zip lines, mountain coaster, sightseeing and rock climbing.

“We are very excited about this project and want it to be a significant contribution to the rebuild of Christchurch. We chose Christchurch because of the population base, the proximity to an international airport, the variety of terrain, the enthusiasm from the local mountain bike community and the support from local and central government. The Park will attract mountain bikers from around the globe and establish New Zealand as a centre of excellence for the sport,” says Fiona Sutton, Chairman of Select Evolution.

The Park will include the world’s first purpose built chairlift to ascend over 435 vertical metres with a distance of 1.8km carrying up to 1200 riders with their bikes per hour, giving access to over 120km of trails of varying difficulty designed for beginners to world champions. This will be the world’s first lift accessed downhill bike park to operate year round. Furthermore, the Park will offer on site accommodation for out of town guests, food and beverage, mountain bike school and rental shop. For Christchurch, the “City Of Cycles”, this project is consistent with the local community outlook on outdoor adventure, and will provide a world-class facility for all ages.

The project, scheduled to open in late 2015, will cost NZ$22.5m and has been awarded a funding grant from the Tourism Growth Partnership.

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  • tjalve

    for real?

    • Darren Leslie

      Yep, for real for real. Sweet, eh? :-)

  • coney
  • tjalve

    cant wait!

  • jack mac

    does anyone know the date that the park will be open for people to ride supper keen to ride already

  • Laban

    I would love to get on board with this project!!

  • Tanfastic

    So exciting! Bring it on!!

  • Mike

    Will this get of the drawing board or will the conservative protect the Port Hills lobby and neighbours stymie it again?

    • graham

      because it is in trees & on private land then permission shouldn’t be too much of an issue – with CERA, CCC & govt clearly supporting it consent should be a formality

  • Adam

    This is absolutely brilliant, I spent the majority of my teens riding these hills and cannot think of a better initiative to boost tourism in Canterbury and contribute in a fun, exciting and environmentally friendly way to the rebuild of our beautiful city. Bring it on!

  • Regan Neale

    How do I get involved? Connections please :)

  • coney

    company is registered in NZ, but Director is in Whistler, BC, so contacting them directly probably won’t work.
    http://www.business.govt.nz/companies/app/ui/pages/companies/4398720

    christchurch MTB club seems to be the main contact:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/canterburymtbclub/

    target opening is Sept 2015:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/hills-and-harbour/9200169/Chairlift-proposed-for-Port-Hills-bike-park

    awesome stuff CHCH – bring on 2015!

  • Cameron Hobbs

    im gay

    • facebook user

      look this guy up

  • Amos

    same, hook me up 0220464941