News & Alerts
Attention all intending forest visitors. At the Government's mandated alert level 3, all recreational access to the company's forest areas remains suspended. Limited access will be available outside normal operational hours once Otago shifts to a lower alert level. Please keep an eye on this website for updates.
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.
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.
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. You can start by applying for an Event permit
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.