Adrenalin Forest Appoints Isaac Thomson Christchurch Operations Manager
Adrenalin-Forest, the aerial adventure operator, today announced that it has appointed Isaac Thomson as operations manager of its Christchurch Park.
Adrenalin Forest’s founder and managing director Jean Caillabet said, “Isaac is an extremely capable educator and instructor who has made a career in the outdoor adventure sector. He has seven years experience as an operations manager, 11 years as an outdoor leader facilitator, and has worked in this country and abroad. He is eminently qualified for this position.”
As operations manager, Isaac is responsible for the management of Adrenalin Forest’s adventure park in Spencer Park, 15 to 20 minutes drive north of central Christchurch.
His previous outdoor education sector experience includes roles with Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre in North Canterbury, Horizons Unlimited in Christchurch, and Camp Carolina and Green River Adventures in North Carolina, USA. These roles focused on team building and personal development utilizing rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, overnight hiking, high ropes courses, canyoneering and adventure based learning. He has also been an operations manager for Kaiteriteri Kayaks, Abel Tasman Kayaks and Marahau Sea Kayaks.
Jean Caillabet says all three Adrenalin Forest adventure parks experienced an increase in visitor numbers last year.
“In 2015 we had a record 80,000 visitors, up from nearly 75,000 in the previous year and around 70,000 in 2013, on the back of an increase in domestic and international tourism. Overseas tourists account for around 30% of total visitors. Christchurch was our busiest park last year with 30,000 visitors, Porirua had 27,000 visitors and Bay of Plenty 23,000.”
About Adrenalin Forest
The first Adrenalin Forest adventure park opened in Christchurch in 2006. It was established by Jean Caillabet, a French citizen who emigrated to New Zealand earlier that year. Caillabet, a former mountain guide, rock climbing instructor and kayaking coach, then expanded the concept opening a second park in Wellington in 2010 and a third in Bay of Plenty the following year.
Planning for a fourth park is underway and is expected to open next year.
Each venue provides an aerial obstacle course set amongst trees, with more than 100 challenges across six or seven levels.
Every level is progressively harder, starting at 1.5 metres above the ground and progressing over 30 metres amongst the tree tops at the sixth level. It takes around three hours to complete the entire course.
The courses range from a variety of bridges, wires, swings and flying foxes. Visitors can also hire a GoPro HD camera to record their adventure.
Adrenalin Forest is suitable for active people of all ages (from 1.3 metres in height) and attracts over 80,000 participants a year.
Affordable, fun and challenging, Adrenalin Forest is fast becoming the number one adventure tourism experience in New Zealand.