A video has emerged online of a man travelling down the Kaimai Ranges in a luge cart.
The footage, uploaded to YouTube and shared on Facebook, shows the man riding down the Waikato side of the ranges, while a friend in a vehicle behind records it.
Warning: Video contains bad language.
Tauranga local Travis Scott, 18, was the luge cart rider, and says the experience was “pretty fun”.
“Me and the boys just had the afternoon off and were taking turns going down Minden lookout in Te Puna.
“We got bored of that, so they pretty much dared me to go down the Kaimai Ranges, so I did.”
He thinks he reached speeds of up to 80km/h.
“It doesn’t look that fast in the video, but they were watching it on the speedo. At the time I was pretty chill about it, but afterwards I couldn’t believe I did it.”
According to the AA website, skateboards, rollerblades and push scooters are legally regarded as "vehicles", and can be used on the road if the rider is over 14 years old.
A spokesperson for the NZTA says the Land Transport Act definition states a luge is a vehicle, however the rider of a luge is still subject to the same obligations as drivers of other vehicles, to use it safely.
Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion calls the stunt “brainless”.
“Such activity is highly dangerous and likely to end in disaster. Vehicles such as skateboards or luge carts don’t have adequate brakes or protection, they don’t handle speed well. They’re also difficult to see because they’re so low to the ground.
“To be quite honest I wouldn’t let any of my family engage in that sort of behaviour.”