Daxid Haxton article in Kapiti News

Cyclists are being asked not to use a link track through the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve as new environmental protection measures are introduced.

The new measures, which include dogs on leads and horse riding restrictions, were created after a review by the Department of Conservation to further protect the estuarine environment.

DoC community ranger Steve Bielby said DoC had reviewed how different visitor activities impacted the scientific reserve and how they fitted with existing reserve bylaws.

Key areas highlighted by the review are:

• Vehicles are frequently in bird nesting areas and elsewhere along the beach, where the boundaries of the scientific reserve and the Kāpiti Marine Reserve meet. New signs will make it clear only foot human traffic is permitted along the beach in the scientific reserve.

• The link track between Manly St and Otaihanga isn’t built to accommodate growing numbers and speeds of cyclists, which pose an increasing safety issue. Cyclists are now asked to take the Kāpiti Coast District Council cycle path around the scientific reserve.

• Horse riders are similarly asked to take bridlepaths outside the scientific reserve, apart from being allowed to use the beach access track through the dunes from Tutere St carpark to the public beach outside the reserve.

• Dogs will only be permitted in the scientific reserve on leads, and only on the main track from Manly St to Otaihanga, and on the beach access track through the dunes from Tutere St carpark to the public beach outside the reserve.

(Full article link is above)

Update

Following confusion about what is meant by the “Link Track” we’ve looked and think this means the path found at the end of Petrel Close on the Otaihanga side, see below: (Eds)

https://goo.gl/maps/yvatf8jQaBjJDnSb7