Permit Application

Permits are issued free of charge, but please allow at least two weeks for your permit application to be processed.  

A note for visitors to this web page who intend to apply for a permit, please be aware that our forests are all located in Otago, (within 80 km of Dunedin)

Note that permits may be cancelled in times of high fire danger or for operational requirements. For your safety, do not enter the forests during strong winds!

Due to the high number of applications, we are generally not able to respond to unsuccessful applicants.

City Forests operates a fully digital , paperless permit system.  If your application is successful you will receive an emailed permit. You will need to present this email on your phone or other device if asked by a City Forests' officer when in our forests.  You can of course still print a copy to carry if you wish.

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Permit type

General access permit

Fishing permit

Hunting permit

Motorcycle permit

Event permit