Electric bikes have no place in the Tongariro National Park, despite a government proposal to allow them, says an outdoor advocate.
The Department of Conservation plans to construct three new bike ways, including some for electric bikes, in areas from Turoa to Okahune, Mountain Road to Horopito and Horopito to the National Park.
However, Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand president Peter Wilson told Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan electric bikes ruined the peacefulness of national parks.
"National parks are places of natural quiet and scenic beauty," he said. "[They're] not really places for motor-powered recreation."
Mr Wilson said many members in the club and people from the mountain biking community agreed that electric bikes were not appropriate in all areas of the national park.
He said mountain bikes were acceptable because they were human-powered, while people on electric bikes were not actually the ones doing the exercise themselves.
He said those in need of pedal power assistance, such as the elderly, could use other public reserves for recreation.
The Department of Conservation is taking submissions until the end of May and the outcome of the proposal will be known in a year.