Whakarewarewa Forest Access & Closures

Whakarewarewa Forest is a commercial forest and therefore all persons wishing to access this forest must comply with the
Whakarewarewa General Forest Access Rules and Safety Behaviour Regulations. All access by vehicle requires a permit. Refer to RECREATIONAL ACCESS PERMITS or BUSINESS/CONTRACTOR ACCESS PERMITS for more information. People who do not follow these rules and requirements could be trespassed.

'Safety Message' for all Recreational Users

  • Please refer to Safety & Risk section for latest 'Safety Warnings'.
  • When entering a commercial forest  please adhere to all road and track closure signs, tapes and instructions and give way to all trucks and machinery at all times.
  • Beware of LOGGING TRUCKS OPERATING - Please give way to, and move to the side of the road for, all heavy vehicles, especially on hills, for your own safety and the safety of trucks and drivers.
  • MTB Tracks in recently logged areas may be passable but please check with the Redwoods Visitor Information Centre or Ride Rotorua Mountain Bike Club for clarification.

Whakrewarewa Forest Information & Safety Maps

Map to ACCESS & EMERGENCY MEETING POINTS - Map still to come


Whakarewarewa Commercial Forest Operations & Closures

  • Harvesting Operations - 5 Mile Gate Road Area (Updated 30/11/17)
    Harvesting operations, managed by TIMBERLANDS Limited, have commenced in the 5 Mile Gate Road area and are expected to be completed by mid January 2018. Please see the  map for details.
    Due to the lower level of public access in this area the Harvesting crew will be working extended hours (24/7) through until Christmas. 
    Logging trucks will be operating between 4:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday to Friday. All public should be vigilant if using any of the open roads in the surrounding area during these operations and obey all signage.
    • Roads Affected:
      Logging trucks will enter and exit through Fern Drive (opposite Planet Bikes) and will travel along Long Drive, 5 Mile Gate Road and Corsican Road.
  • Harvesting Operations - Hill Road (Updated 31/10/17)
    The first stage of the Whakarewarewa Forest 'summer' harvesting operations, managed by TIMBERLANDS Limited, will commence on Hill Road on Wednesday, 1 November. Please see map for details. Harvesting crews will be operating from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.
    • Roads Affected:
      Logging trucks will enter through Hill Road gate, off Eight Mile Gate Road and head 'unloaded ' up Nice Road through to the site. Loaded trucks will exit via Hill Road.
    • Mountain Bike Tracks Affected:
      Corners and Little Red Riding Huck (Jumps). These trails will be CLOSED to public at all entrance points and monitored by security during crew operational hours. Trails will be re-opened (unless deemed unsafe) by Security after 4:00 pm on weekdays and open on weekends.
    • Shuttle Operations:
      Southstar Shuttles plan for week-day shuttles to commence at 1:30 pm on the Katore Road route (up to the top of Corridor/Tokorangi/Gunna Gotta/K2 etc), then they will move across to the standard Hill Road route once the harvesting crews finish at 4:00 pm, and operate from there through until 7pm.
  • Roading Operations - Chestnut Road (Updated 2/11/17)
    Roading operations managed by TIMBERLANDS Limited, on Chestnut Road and G Rock MTB track have commenced.  All roads and tracks are OPEN, however care must be taken on parts of Chestnut Road G Rock and Dammit Janet MTB tracks as roading construction machinery will be operating in this area. Please obey all safety signage.

Whakarewarewa Recreational Forest Access & Closures

  • NO HUNTING is permitted at any time.
  • Recreational access by foot, horse or bike does not require an access permit. For further road and track information refer to The Redwoods Visitor Centre or Ride Rotorua.
    WARNING: At times there will be commercial forest activities carried out within the forest and for your safety, access into these areas will be prohibited. This will be indicated by signage and hazard tape. Please ensure all signage and instructions are adhered to. On rare occasions, all access to Whakarewarewa Forest may be closed for safety and asset protection reasons. Please respect the forest closure decision an stay out until the forest is reopened. Please refer to the "Timberlands Notice Board" on this page for up to date information on commercial forest activities.
  • For any other activity or access by motorised vehicle an access permit and key is required. Refer to Business/Contractor Access Permits.
  • Refer to The Redwoods for all recreational track management and events.

Unauthorised Activities

  • It has been brought to the attention of TIMBERLANDS Limited (TL) that several unauthorised mountain bike tracks have recently been constructed in Whakarewarewa Forest. The construction of tracks or any other land or vegetation-disturbing activity within Whakarewarewa Forest requires the approval of both the forest manager (TL) and land owner (Central North Island Iwi Holdings Limited).  Presently this can only be obtained through a formal application submitted by the Rotorua Trails Trust. Anyone found undertaking these activities without authority will be trespassed and may face prosecution for willful damage.  Continued unauthorised track construction may jeopardise future track authorisations and ultimately the future of mountain biking in the forest. Please refrain from this activity.

General Information

  • Timberlands Limited is working to minimise the inconvenience for public use of the Whakarewarewa Forest during harvest operations and wishes to thank the public for their patience and cooperation.
  • All harvested areas will be replanted, if possible, in the next planting season.

Whakarewarea Forest Management Plan

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