These guidelines provide advice and technical information on the construction and maintenance of recreation tracks for walkers and off-road mountain bikers. The aim is to provide best practice information that is useful for all those involved in planning and carrying out work on tracks. The main audience is Department of Conservation staff, but it will useful for anyone responsible for tracks.
Standards for tracks in New Zealand are set out in the Standards New Zealand Handbook "SNZ HB 8630:2004 - Tracks and Outdoor Visitor Structures". While these state what a track should be like to meet the needs of different users, they do not describe how that can be achieved. That is the objective of this document. It is the "how to" guide for people involved in planning for, constructing and maintaining tracks to meet the track standards.
The guidelines also come in a much shorter, pocket-sized field guide. This contains all parts of the main document likely to be useful to staff/people in the field.