Trail use

There are a number of ways we monitor trail use; some of these are informal and rely on club members reporting on who they talked to while out riding.

However, there are a couple of more formal methods used:

  • The NPDC has an infra-red counter at Mangamahoe.  The NPDC pass the traffic information to us.  Some of the data from this counter will graphed when the data becomes reliable and shown on this page in the future.  The counter has been having some issues.
  • We have installed four MTB counters that work using a magnetometer on a number of the trails (they do pick up carbon bikes!) at Mangamahoe.  We are using these TRAFx trail counters operating in Bike mode.  The trails that were part of the first period of monitoring were: Kiwi Kids, Mandatory Power Play, Lawsons Loop – GDO Link and Kahore Tau.  Subsequently the counter from the Kiwi Kids track has been moved to the new Highway to Hell trail, so data from that trail’s use is now included.
  • At the beginning of February the counter on Lawson’s Loop-GDO Link was moved to the Lap It Up track and the Mandatory Power Play counter was moved up to be nearer the entrance to this trail to make it safer to retrieve the data.
  • The counters have been in for another year, so we can look at a year’s worth of data.

Some of the results provided from the data collected from the TRAFx counters are shown here (last updated 2nd June 2019):

What does a daily count look like for 2018?

A regular weekly cycle shows up that corresponds to the high weekend use of the park.  Lap It Up since the counter has been there in early February is showing the way with a peak of 251/day on 2nd April (Easter Monday) and another of 231/day on Saturday 16th September.

There was 1 day in this period where there were no bikes recorded over a 24 hour period on any of the counters: 1st October 2018.  The peak count per day summing all counters was 562 also on Easter Monday, 2nd April 2018.  There are 7 days during 2018 where more than 400 bikes were recorded passing the four counters.

The minimum, maximum and averages per day over the 365 days shown above are:

Highway to Hell Kahore Tau Lap It Up Lawsons Loop
– GDO Link
Minimum 0 0 0 0 0
Maximum 151 122 251 37 154
Average 22 24 47 13 34
Days with no
9 11 5 1 6


We can get monthly averages.  The trend on the trails is generally upwards since June 2017 with the new trails attracting more riders to the northern end of the park.

These are the monthly figures for the first 5 months of 2019:

The monthly averages are trending downwards as they have done in previous years as the weather deteriorates.

For the same 5 months of last year there were:

For the same 5 months last year, 3 had less traffic on average than they have had this year whereas Lap It Up had more last year (1627/month) than this (1493/month).


These were the monthly figures for all of 2018:


These were the figures for 2017:

Highway to Hell’s monthly average has come down; from 714/month to 684/month for 2018.  Whereas the other two trails that have had counters for both years, Kahore Tau and Mandatory PowerPlay; their figures have gone up:

  • Kahore Tau: 536/month up to 731/month for 2018.
  • Mandatory PowerPlay: 856/month up to 1027/month for 2018.

Which was the most heavily ridden trail during 2018?

Apart from 4 weeks during 2018, Lap It Up was getting the most ridden each week.  Mandatory Power Play is next, Kahore Tau and then Highway To Hell.  This shows that as riders we were heading out to the top end of the park to sample the new trails.

Has this continued during 2019?  The same four sites compared for the first 5 months of 2019 show this:

Kahore Tau has stayed constant while Highway to Hell and Mandatory have taken a bigger slice of the pie whereas the trend for Lap It Up to have less traffic shows up.


What are the trends for the time since the counters have been installed?

Lap It Up’s monthly count remained somewhat steady as 2018’s winter progressed.  Highway To Hell’s totals have dropped slightly since 2017 from almost 25 bikes/day to 22 wheres both Kahore Tau and Mandatory PowerPlay have gone up since 2017.  There seems to be over well over 12,000 bikes in our park over any 12 month period.

For 2019, each of the sites is seeing  30+ bikes per day on average.  These 2019 averages most likely will decrease as the winter months come along with the first 5 months of the year being prime riding time.