Recreational Access Permits

Commercial forests are multi-hazard working sites, therefore anyone wishing to access forest estates managed by TIMBERLANDS Limited, for hunting or fishing,  must obtain and carry a valid Recreational Access Permit  (with a form of photo ID) and abide by the General Forest Access Rules & Safety Behaviour for Recreational Permit Holders. This ensures TIMBERLANDS Limited can provide information on hazards and other access conditions - See link to Forest Access & Closures page.

How to Obtain a Recreational Access Permit

Registrations & Applications are now CLOSED, for the 2019 Hunting & Fishing season, (4 May 2019 - 29 September 2019).

Registrations & Applications for the 2020 Hunting & Fishing season will be available in March 2020 and can be submitted online via the First Security website or by collecting and completing a form from the FIRST Security office. See contact details below:

FIRST Security Guard Services Limtied
23 Monokia Street, Rotorua
Phone: 07 347 0297

FIRST Security is open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. Permits can be posted or collected during office hours only.

Alternatively you can apply as per previous years.  Please see below.

You must Register annually with FIRST Security as per the Registration Fee Update Notice by completing the following:

2020 Recreational Access Permit APPLICATION FORM - To be uploaded in March 2020
  Land Owner REGISTRATION FORM (for Iwi affiliated land owners only)

Recreational Access Permit Applicants will need to provide FIRST Security with the following information:

  • Driver's License
  • Vehicle Registration Number and proof of current WOF and Registration
  • Firearms License
  • Fishing or Game Bird License
  • Duly completed FIRST Security Recreational Permit Registration Form or Land Owner Registration Form*
  • $50 Permit Registration Fee (not required by verified land owners*).
  • Fishing and Hunting is closed to the public during the fire season when the fire danger (BUI) exceeds 15 (Moderate Fire Danger Level). See link to  Pumicelands Fire and Emergency New Zealand Fire Danger Levels.

*Land owners already verified, are not required to re-verify as a land owner each year, however they are required to register each year through the FIRST Security process.

Recreational Access General Information

Recreational access applies to daylight hours during the weekend and public holidays only and is subject to safety or weather conditions.
HUNTING access is available in Kaingaroa, Whirinaki, and Rotoehu forests only.
FISHING access is available to the water bodies only in Kaingaroa Forest (i.e.: Rangitaiki River, Flaxy Lake and Wheo River) and to Lake Rotomahana through Waimungu Forest.

Please Note:

  • Permits will not be issued to anyone trespassed or in receipt of a warning from TIMBERLANDS Limited.
  • Due to safety and commercial reasons, permits are not issued to the general public for firewood.
  • When the fire danger (BUI) exceeds 15 (MODERATE Fire Danger Level), all forests may be closed to Recreational users.
  • No Hunting or Fishing is permitted at any time in CLOSED areas or in areas where 1080 has been applied.
    Refer to the Forest Access & Closures page.
  • TIMBERLANDS Limited is aware that a group is issuing fake Recreational Permits for Kaingaroa Forests. Please be warned that valid permits can only be issued by FIRST Security or TIMBERLANDS Limited. Access without a VALID PERMIT will result in a Trespass Notice. Please see the  Trespass Information Notice for details.

Recreational Photo Competition - Now CLOSED

Entries for the 2019 "Kaingaroa & Rotoehu Hunting/Fishing SAFETY Snap Shot" photo competition are now CLOSED.
Winners will be notified directly and will each recieve a $100 gift voucher for Hunting & Fishing New Zealand.

Entries for the 2020 "Kaingaroa & Rotoehu Hunting/Fishing SAFETY Snap Shot" photo competition will reopen in May 2020.

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