No New Permits will be issued & All Current Access Permits are Cancelled due to the Governments Covid-19 Level 4 Restrictions.

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

City Forests launches a fully digital permit system
Wednesday 11th March 2020

From today our permits have become a paperless system.  This should be a much quicker and easier system to use for both you and ourselves.  Please bear with us if there are teething issues.

You will no longer receive a printed permit.  Apply in the normal way through this website, and if your application is successful you will receive an emailed permit.  This is your official permit - there is no more waiting for a paper copy to arrive in the mail, and no need to return a signed copy. 
You will need to be able to present the email, on your phone or other device, if asked to by a City Forests' officer when in our forests.  You can of course still print a copy to carry if you wish.

Applicants being issued a key will still need to come to our office and present their now pre-approved permit to a staff member in order to pickup the key. 


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.


Hunting and Motor-bike permit applications can resume
Tuesday 25th February 2020

Notice for Hunters and Motor-bike riders. Long-term Fire Danger conditions are now within an acceptable risk-range, and OSPRI has given us clearance for normal activities to resume at Waipori (following the 1080 Operation there).  Therefore we are now accepting permit applications for these activities.