Forest access permits

A note for visitors to this web page who intend to apply for a permit, please be aware that our forests are all located in Otago, (within 80 km of Dunedin)

Permits are issued free of charge, but please allow at least a week for your permit application to be processed.  

Note that permits may be cancelled in times of high fire danger or for operational requirements. For your safety, do not enter the forests during strong winds!


Flagstaff forest will be closed to motorbikes until further notice due to forestry operational safety requirements.  Please stay out of the forest until further notice.  We apologise for any inconvenience.


There are a range of recreational and educational opportunities available for visitors to our forests outside business hours, but a permit is required prior to entry (apart from general recreational access to Ross Creek and Flagstaff forests).  APPLY FOR A PERMIT ONLINE



There are three hunting blocks in the Waipori Forest and one block in the Silverpeaks Forest. DOWNLOAD MAPS

The hunting blocks are available at weekends during daylight hours only and are closed during times of high fire risk and high winds, and at times when the forest is being used by other recreational users, e.g. car and trail bike rallies.

Hunting is by permit only. Permits are not issued as of right, but will be issued after a regular ballot from the applications submitted.  Successful applicants will be notified by post.

MOTORCYCLE ACCESS PERMITS (Limit of two bikes per permit)

Motorcycle access is allowed with a permit in Flagstaff Forest DOWNLOAD MAP and Kaitangata Forest. DOWNLOAD MAP

Approved permits are available in weekends only and are valid for three months. Motorcycle access application forms can be obtained from our Stafford Street office or from this website. APPLY FOR A PERMIT ONLINE

For larger parties of riders please apply for separate permits for each rider or contact us for a special events permit.

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