Trail bike riding

We welcome trail bike riders in designated areas along the north and south banks of the Waimakariri River Regional Park.

See below for guides to trail bike, motocross and quad bike riding tracks.

Please read trail bike riding rules and keep to defined tracks. Do not ride on the sides of stopbanks or groynes; fines for damage to stopbanks can be up to $10,000. Stopbanks and groynes protect nearby communities from flooding. 

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Kaiapoi Island motocross tracks Fly-by

Kaiapoi Island in the Waimakariri Regional Park, is a well-maintained motocross track with a learners’ area for under-16s, and a designated family area.

Trail bike rules

Road rules apply on all publicly accessible roads and tracks throughout the Waimakariri River Regional Park.

Safety rules:

  • Always wear safety gear, boots and a helmet
  • Ensure your trail bike is in safe working order
  • Muffler systems must be rated below 90 decibels
  • All trail bikes must have spark arrestors fitted
  • Carry a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher and cellphone, and always ride with a buddy or onlooker.

Track rules:

  • Follow all instructions displayed in the area
  • Ride on the track that suits your ability
  • Check the track is clear when moving on or off
  • Only pass if it is safe to do so
  • Always stop and give assistance to a rider who has fallen, and get other riders on the track to slow down

Kaiapoi Island Motocross Park

Kaiapoi Island Motocross Safety Rules:
Ride on the track that suits your age and ability. 
Ride anticlockwise on all tracks.
Check track clear when moving on or off racing line. 
Only pass if it is safe to do so.
Stop and give assistance, to a rider down and slow other riders down.

The Kaiapoi Island Motocross Park is on the North Bank of the Waimakariri River. It's a well-maintained motocross track with a learners’ area for under-16s and a designated family area.

Only trail bikes and small children's quads are permitted to be used here.

Trail bike riding

We have 28km of marked trail bike tracks on the south bank of the Waimakariri River.

Tracks start at Haul Road and continue 3km past Weedons-Ross Road on the river berm.

There are three areas to park and ride. Haul Road motorbike car park, Miners Bank Road at River end and Weedons Ross Road at River end.

Contact us if you want to join the trail riders email list.

Quad bike riding

Areas and entrances open for quad bikes

We have a quad bike-specific area built at Haul Road. This covers an area of 35 hectares and has a smaller track for learners as well as a larger track for the more experienced riders. The carpark for this area is located on Haul Road approximately 1.2km from McLeans Island Road.

Please note: None of the trails in these areas are regularly maintained.