Safety

Queenstown Bike Park Safety Information

In the interests of your safety and enjoyment, we developed in liaison with Mountain Bike New Zealand our own Mountain Bike Code of Conduct. Please read the Mountain Bikers Code and the Queenstown Bike Park Code before riding with us.

We can't emphasise enough, that the Ben Lomond Recreation Reserve is a significantly different experience from cross-country riding. The trails require constant physical and mental effort in order for all riders to maintain control.

We take safety seriously, and recognise mountain biking is an inherently dangerous activity and you may be exposed to some risks. Do not attempt any of the trails or features unless you have sufficient ability and skill to do so safely. Always ride in control and within your ability level. Check out the drop downs below for more tips on keeping safe on the trails.

  • Clothing

    Protective clothing and equipment is mandatory for young riders. The best protection from injury requires a properly fitted full-faced helmet, gloves, long pants, long sleeves, leg armour, arm armour and solid running shoes.

  • Equipment

    The trails are specifically designed for full suspension mountain bikes. The trails are rocky, bumpy and become much more difficult without high quality suspension. Without full suspension, fatigue becomes a factor much sooner. The steep grades necessitate disc brakes for adequate stopping power. Cantilever brakes will increase the fatigue factor as more effort will be required to maintain control. All Bike Park participants should ride a properly sized bike and should be able to stand over the seat with their feet flat on the ground. A bike that is too large or with a high seat post increases the risk of injury.

  • Trails

    The level of risk increases with the level of difficulty. Black trails often have significant drops and jumps that require skill and experience to navigate. Young riders become a hazard to other riders if they are unable to ride a trail or move out of the way. Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times and should be monitored for fatigue regularly.

  • Lifts

    Boarding the lift requires significant strength when loading a bike and children may require assistance.

  • Questions

    If you have any questions, please let us know.