New Zealand Owned Forests Since 1906
City Forests owns and manages more than 18,100 hectares of forest in Otago, growing over 7 million trees.

City Forests is a Dunedin-owned forest products company based in Otago, New Zealand.

Our forests are managed to a high environmental standard and this is verified by our Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® C008934) certification.

Latest News & Alerts

Harvesting commencing near 3MH in Flagstaff Forest
Friday 8th July 2022

Attention recreational visitors to our Flagstaff forest.

Harvesting operations will be commencing from the week of 11th July at the Three Mile Hill end of Flagstaff forest. This will result in all the tracks and general recreational access in large parts of the southern end of Flagstaff forest being closed to the public for several months. Please read and obey all warning signs and stay out of any areas marked "Operational Area". If in doubt, please do not enter. For further information please visit the Mountain Bike Otago website, especially for a list of track closures.

Mountain Bike Otago.


Possum trapping underway in Flagstaff forest 27 June to 30 July
Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Due to OSPRI TBfree possum control in the City Forests' Flagstaff forest, please keep your dogs on lead while warning signs are in place.

This work covers a 1380 hectare area in the City Forests' Flagstaff forest at Three Mile Hill. It will be undertaken from Monday, 27 June 2022 to Saturday, 30 July 2022, depending on weather.

This work consists of trapping with leg hold traps only and no toxins will be present.

Flagstaff forest contains a number of walking and mountain bike tracks that are popular with recreational users.These are open to the public outside of normal forestry operating hours, i.e. from 6pm until dusk during weekdays, and on public holidays and weekends. No traps will be set alongside the Flagstaff Creek walking track, off Three Mile Hill Road, but traps will be set alongside other forestry roads and tracks in the forest. Please take extra care if you’re walking your dog in this area as live possums may be present in these traps. The traps will be checked every day.

This is the second year that possum control has been carried out on Flagstaff. In 2021-2022, 900 possums were removed from this forestry block

Recreational permits and Operational Areas
Monday 31st August 2020

Recreational forest users, please obey all warning signs you see in the forests. In particular, keep yourself and others safe by staying well away from Operational areas such as active harvesting areas, even during weekends and after normal business hours when it may appear that there is no activity taking place.