What makes a night ride weather-dependent?
We need more favourable weather conditions at night to operate than during the day. Our ground/trail condition, dirt quality, air temps, wind speeds and precipitation will need to align for night rides to get a green light. We do anticipate cancellation of up to 30%-40% of our night rides.
When will a decision be made if a night ride is taking place?
We will communicate a decision via our website's Park Status page no later than 6pm the day prior.
We will advise if there's a Night Ride happening on Tuesday via the Park Status page on the website and an INSTAGRAM Story.
E.g. we will communicate no later than 6pm on Tuesday for a night ride on Wednesday.
What sort of lights do I need for night rides?
There will be a minimum lighting requirement of 600 lumens. The more the merrier we say! We would also recommend backup batteries, or a head torch in your bum bag, backpack or pocket. Lighting will be assessed by a staff member at the drive station before loading. Bike lighting is best placed on your helmet and secondary additional lighting is beneficial on your handlebars. Be mindful when you are at hubs, the drive station, return station, village, status boards etc….. there is nothing worse than your mate blinding you with strong lighting. During Night Rides on Wednesday, you won't be able to load the chair after 5 pm without lighting.
What trails will be open?
We know from previous experience with night riding that tracks often run a grade higher or tougher at night. We also know that depth perception on high trail speed/jump tracks can be exceptionally challenging in the dark. For our first few rides, we will have some closures in place whilst we as a business gain some confidence in what we are undertaking. Some double-black terrain and jump tracks will remain closed through this process. Ultimately, we want to have as many trails open and offered to guests all time but we must safely do this.
Will the walking trails/climbing trail be open?
Yes, however, if you are intending to load the chair for a ride back down we advise allowing 2 hours to reach the top. We would also recommend the same 600-lumen lighting minimum. Experienced walkers/uphill bikers only.
What clothing should I wear?
Shortly after sunset temperatures drop quicker than any other time during the day. We strongly advise 3 layers – a base layer, outer layer and a windbreaker. Think, if the chairlift were to stop at the upper section of the hill for 20 minutes or if I were to crash and get hurt, would I be cold?
Will the chairlift be open for sightseers?
Yes, the chairlift will be open for sightseers who want to check out the views of Christchurch at night. If you are intending on coming in to ride the chairlift at night we ask that you also bring a torch with a minimum of 600 lumens.
Will the Café be open for food/beer after a night ride?
Are you kidding me, absolutely the Café will be open for a minimum of 1 hour after the last chair is called. Night riding is a social form of biking and enjoying a beer/feed with your crew after a ride is a fantastic way to round out an evening.
Need a light? Visit our retail store, we have a selection of lights available
$1 Wings Wednesday
Available all day Wednesday
(Minimum order of 6 pieces)