News & Alerts
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.
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.
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.
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.
City Forests has moved to a new office at 123 Crawford Street. All other contact details including our postal address, phone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.