USE AT YOUR OWN RISK – NO STAFF ONSITE
Ride within your limits.
This forest is actively logged.
Carry a cell phone for safety, but please note coverage is patchy within the forest.
We recommend riding in pairs.
EMERGENCY LOCATION INFORMATION
GPS numbers are located at the bottom of all of the WMBP trail signs. Supply these numbers in the case of an emergency, or get your exact location from the Trailmapp Waitangi Smartphone App.
RULES OF THE TRAIL
The International Mountain Bicycling Association developed the “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails.
The Forestry Road is shared by many recreational users – horse riders, mountain bikers, walkers and hikers.
SAFE RIDING ETIQUETTE is a must! STOP STAND SPEAK. It is important to keep all users safe and happy in the Forest.
NO SMOKING IN THE MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK
Etiquette isn’t just about holding out your pinky when you take afternoon tea; it has practical application on the trail. Even if you develop all the skill and fitness in the world, without proper etiquette, you can be a detriment to the sport. Before we hit the high points of trail etiquette, let’s look at a few reasons why etiquette is important.
- The most obvious reason is simply being a good neighbour to other trail users. We could go on at length about everything from civilized behavior to karma, but this one should be self-explanatory.
- Even if you’re not concerned about your fellow trail user, most rules of bike trail etiquette protect the rider as well.
- Even if you’re not concerned with your safety, trail etiquette is necessary to preserve access to trails and maintain the possibility of gaining access to new trails. Just like so much in life, a split-second decision for a quick moment of fun can have negative long term consequences–not just for yourself, but for all your fellow bikers. Not riding when it would damage the trail, or not ruining a hiker or equestrian’s outing, is a courtesy to your fellow bikers (and yourself) as well as other trail users.
RULES OF THE TRAIL
We can fully enjoy the sport and be good trail neighbours at the same time. Even some experienced mountain bikers have never been exposed to proper trail etiquette; for the new rider, they may have no idea there is such a thing. Take the time to share proper trail etiquette with new riders when you can. The single best source of trail etiquette and the basics we should all adhere to is the International Mountain Bike Association.
Below are IMBA’s rules of the trail: six easy steps to good multi-user trail relations:
1. Ride Open Trails:
Respect trail and road closures.
2. Leave No Trace:
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks.
3. Control Your Bicycle:
Ride within your limits.
4. Give Way Appropriately:
Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Mountain Bikers should give way to all other trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
5. Plan Ahead:
Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding, and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self sufficient – keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
6. Never Scare Animals:
Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain).
When mountain bikers encounter horses, they should stop and talk to the rider. If the animal seems anxious consider taking off your helmet and dismounting your mountain bike. Keep talking in a calm voice as all the animals pass you by. The rider will let you know when it is safe to continue.
If a biker finds the need to cross a forest road, they need to slow down ahead of time, get off, stop and look both ways before slowly proceeding. NEVER emerge unannounced or silently from the bush whether on a bike or on foot. Be aware at all times that horse riders and walkers may be using the forest too so be alert at all times.
Of course, not every situation you will encounter fits neatly into one of these six rules, and that’s where a little common sense, and more importantly, the willingness to be the “good guy” comes in, and a “thank you” goes a long way.
A little local knowledge also goes a long way. Take the time to research trails. Take the time to talk to the locals if you’re not familiar with a trail. Our locals love to share their knowledge: they’re rightfully proud of their trails and want you to be impressed with them as well.
Dogs, motorbikes and hunting are prohibited in the Waitangi Endowment Forest.