WALKING AND MOUNTAIN BIKE TRACKS
City Forests has a number of walking and mountain bike tracks in its forests. These are open to the public outside of normal forestry operating hours, i.e. during weekends, public holidays and weekdays from 6.00pm until dusk during the daylight saving period of the year. Be aware that tracks can be greasy after rain. The tracks are closed during times of high fire risk and high winds. Access is not allowed to operational areas.
Dogs are also welcome, except during pest control operations – see the contractors’ warning signs at City Forest’s entrances.
The following tracks are readily accessible and do not require permits:
Flagstaff Creek Track, in Flagstaff Forest, gives an interesting insight to early plantings of exotic tree species. Situated off Three Mile Hill Road. Please note that due to extensive storm damage the track on the true right of the creek and the bridge at the end of the track are permanently closed. Track users are not able to walk a circuit but must retrace their route from the end of the track. DOWNLOAD MAP
McGoun’s Creek Track and Wakari Creek Trails, in Ross Creek Forest, provides a link to several walks including the Pineapple Track. Also in Ross Creek Forest (off Wakari Road), is a myriad of uphill and downhill mountain bike tracks for both beginner and x-rider skill levels.
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Crystal Falls Track, in Waipori Forest, takes you through a native beech forest near the Waipori Village to a whispy waterfall. Please be aware that fallen trees have restricted access on parts of the track at present. Vegetation growth at the end of the track is also restricting views of the falls. DOWNLOAD MAP
Do not enter the forest when there are strong winds.
Trees can uproot, or branches, tree tops and cones may fall.