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

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.

Gate on road to Dam at Mahinerangi
Monday 9th March 2020

Forest visitors please be aware that City Forests and TrustPower have installed a locked gate at the entrance to the road to the Mahinerangi Dam.  Unfortunately a large increase in instances of unauthorised camping, fire-lighting and vandalism of both City Forests' and TrustPower's assets in this isolated area has led to our joint decision to restrict access to this road and area, which is all on privately owned land.  The gate will remain locked for the foreseeable future until a solution can be found to provide some access without endangering the valuable assets in that area.  Keys will not be issued for non-work related access.  Note that walkway and cycling access is still provided for around the gate.  For visitors wanting boating access an upgraded boat ramp is available at Starks Bridge near the Mahinerangi Village.