Just north of Wellington is a 15,000-hectare playground full of winding tracks, canyons, and waterways. The Akatarawa Forest Park, which stretches from Upper Hutt to the Kapiti Coast, was once farmland and forestry, but is now a blend of native and exotic bush. Over the years it has become a popular spot for horse riders, walkers, and mountain bikers. However, the growing number of motorbikes on the track has become a point of tension, and is being likened to a 'wild west' by other users, with some now fearing for their safety. Emergency services were called twice to the Forest Park over the recent Matariki weekend for a head-on crash between two motorbike riders, and again after two riders were reported to be missing. Kathryn speaks to a track user, who says the situation is increasingly dangerous, and falling through regulatory cracks. Also joining is Ricky Clarkson, Greater Wellington Regional Councils eastern parks team leader and Geoff Swainson, Upper Hutt City Council director of asset management and operations.