The Department of Conservation is pleased to announce that from today there are new vehicle regulations that come into effect for Whirinaki Forest Park.
The safety and enjoyment of walkers are the primary reasons for these new regulations which prevent the use of vehicles on the walking tracks within the Park. It will also protect the physical infrastructure of the walking tracks and facilities, and protect the underlying and surrounding environment.
These new regulations will not prevent the use of mountain bikes (which are deemed a vehicle under New Zealand legislation) on Whirinaki’s current mountain biking tracks which are the 16km loop track (opened in 2006) and the recently upgraded Moerangi dual use track for walkers and riders which provides 35km of some of the most rewarding and beautiful riding in the country.
It will be an offence to ride a bicycle or use any other vehicles on the designated walking tracks within Whirinaki Forest Park and people found in breach of these regulations can be fined up to $5000.
“We are really pleased to see these new regulations come into force” said Dale Tawa, Acting Area Manager for Te Urewera Whirinaki Area for the Department of Conservation. “It provides us the necessary mechanisms to ensure that we can properly cater for all recreational users within Whirinaki.”