Dunedin's 'Ginger Cougar', 'The Mrs' and 'The Mistress' mountain bike tracks to be renamed following two complaints

There's been a sharp turn on the names of three Otago mountain bike tracks following two complaints.

The names of the offending tracks are the Ginger Cougar, The Mrs, and The Mistress.

Dunedin City Council (DCC) staff have agreed the names are inappropriate, saying Mountain Bike Otago has agreed to change them. Some signs have already been removed.

DCC parks and recreation group manager Robert West told Newshub the council had received two complaints about the track names, located in Dunedin's Signal Hill.

"Staff agreed these names were inappropriate and raised this with Mountain Bike Otago (MBO)," he said in a statement.

"We are pleased MBO has agreed to make the changes and understand some of the signs have already been removed."

West said the council was working with MBO on guidelines for the future naming of tracks.

But Kristy Booth, the president of Mountain Biking Otago, said the decision is disappointing "for all involved".

"We don't find them inappropriate within the context of how their names came to be," she told the Otago Daily Times.

It's the second time the mountain bike tracks have been in the headlines in recent months. During New Zealand's COVID-19 alert level 4 lockdown, Health Minister David Clark came under fire for driving to Signal Hill for a bike ride on "The Big Easy" trail.

Under alert level 4, people were instructed not to leave their homes except for exercise and grocery shopping - but officials stressed people had to exercise locally.

Clark later admitted to that lockdown breach as well as another where he drove 20km to a beach. He was demoted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern but kept his health portfolio.