The Wellington region is regarded by many in mountain
bike circles as the "Mountain Bike Capital of the World".
This is due to a number of factors, including the high quality
and wide variety of mountain biking opportunities available.
Particularly in recent years, mountain biking has begun to be
recognised as a legitimate off road recreational activity in the
Wellington region by both land management authorities and the
public. In 1994 Wellington City Council produced its original
"Off Road Mountain Bike Policy for Wellington" and in
1996 the Wellington Regional Council released its broader scale
"Wellington Regional Council Policy on Mountain Biking".
Both of these documents recognise the popularity of the activity
and provide guidelines for its inclusion as a publicly acceptable
use of public land.
The conflicts and impacts (real and perceived) that
arise as a result of mountain bike use of public land are well
known. They can be defined as:
These impacts and conflicts can be minimised by careful
planning and management on the part of the land manager, and a
sensitivity to the needs of others on the part of all users of
The policy is designed to encourage reserve users
to develop a respect for and an understanding of each others needs
and rights. The policy recognises that there is a place for mountain
biking on reserve land, but that this does not need to be at
the expense of other activities.