News & Alerts

News & Alerts

All Motorbike Permits expire on 6th December
Wednesday 25th November 2020

Motorbike permit holders please be aware that all Motorbike permits will expire on Sunday 6th December. Due to increased fire risk and forest holiday closures we will not resume issuing new Motorbike permits until 18th January. Thanks for your cooperation in protecting our forests over this period.


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.


Recreational Permits: applications open again
Friday 15th May 2020

We will now be accepting new recreational permit applications again under Covid19 level 2 conditions.  Recreational users will need to ensure they adhere to all level 2 physical distancing and hygiene rules when in our forests, as well as our normal visitor health and safety rules.  As is usual, all permit applications need to be made through this website.


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.


Using our forests for events
Thursday 29th November 2018

A general reminder to intending forest users that if you wish to organise and hold an event of any sort in any of our forest areas then you will need to first contact us to discuss your ideas, be issued with a permit, and become informed about specific forest hazards, forest operational restrictions, and any environmental issues. Please contact us early to start the process.

Using our forests for events