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.
  • During October the counter that was on Highway To Hell was moved to Sweet Spot and the one that was on Lap It Up has been moved onto Cash Flow Extension.

Some of the results provided from the data collected from the TRAFx counters are shown here (last updated 8th November 2019):

What does a daily count look like for the Winter and Spring months of 2019?

As shown in the past, a regular weekly cycle that corresponds to the high weekend use of the park.  However, you can see the effect of our wet season with the daily use dropping off from early July with peaks when there is a fine weekend; e.g. Sunday 1st September obviously had fine weather and people got their fix of mountain biking.  The peak day was 22nd September where there were lots of people out riding.

During the last 365 days up to the end of October 2019, there were 7 days in this period where there were 2 or fewer bikes recorded over a 24 hour period on any of the counters: 13th May 2019, 3rd & 4th July 2019, 5th August, 12th August, 23rd August and 9th September 2019.

The peak count per day summing all counters was 551 on 22nd September 2019 when there were over 210 bikes up Lap It Up.  There were 11 days where more than 400 bikes were recorded passing the four counters.

The minimum, maximum and averages per day over the 365 days to the 31st October 2019 are:

Highway to
Lap It
Max/day 199 190 212 190
Average/day 26 24 46 43
Min/day 0 0 0 0
No. of days
with no riders
11 14 13 5


We now have 16 complete days data for the two trails that have just been started to be monitored:

The minimum, maximum and averages per day over the 16 days to the 2nd November 2019 are:

Cash Flow
Sweet Spot
Max/day 66 116
Average/day 23 41
Min/day 4 5
No. of days
with no riders
0 0


We can get monthly averages.  These are the monthly figures for the first 10 months of 2019:

The monthly averages trended downwards to August and now are starting to pick up again as spring and daylight saving takes effect.

For the same 10 months of last year these were:

For the same 10 months last year, 3 had less traffic on average than they have had this year whereas Lap It Up had more last year (1444/month) than this year (1375/month).

July last year was the quietest month whereas it was August this year.

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 10 months of 2019 now shows this:

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.  Kahore Tau remains pretty static.


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

Mandatory PowerPlay has come back into flavour which may be a reflection of recent work on the trail and the new Sweet Spot trail being opened up leading to more riders at the southern end of the park.

For 2019, each of the sites is seeing  25+ bikes per day on average.  These 2019 averages most likely will now increase as the year continues with the first half of the year being prime riding time and then pick up later in the year as the weather improves.

There seems to be over well over 16,000 bikes in our park over any 12 month period.