Recreational Access Permits

Applications for Recreational Forest Access Permits for hunting & fishing in Kaingaroa and Rotoehu Forests are now OPEN.

How can I obtain a recreational forest access permit?

  • All applicants must read the Recreational Forest Access Health & Safety induction material and successfully complete the online quiz before applying for the permit.
  • Any person 15 years or older wishing to obtain a recreational permit to enter Kaingaroa & Rotoehu forests, must apply annually for a Recreational Forest Access Permit.  This includes hunting, fishing and game-bird shooting access.
  • Copies of relevant forms of ID such as BOTH SIDES of your drivers licence, photo page of Passport or verified photo ID, fishing, firearms and gamebird licences must be submitted with this application.
  • Registrations are valid from the 1st of April 2024.  Recreational Forest Access permits cover the period of the offical hunting season and occaisions when the forest may be opened due to low fire danger during the fire season.

Is there a cost involved?

  • The registration fee per person (15 years and over) is $50 including GST
  • Payment methods are contactless by online/internet banking.
  • There is no cost for Verified Landowners.  To be eligible, landowners must present a completed verified landowner form that has been signed by their Iwi representative.  Please email for a form & list of Iwi delegates.

If a completed Verified Landowner form has been submitted previously, you are not required to submit another.

Please click here to apply for a Recreational Forest Access Permit

Safety Snapshot Photo Competition

Entries are open for the 2024 hunting/fishing season and close 29th september 2024.  there are 3 prizes of a $100 Hamills voucher.

  • Entry into this competition is deemed acceptance of the Term & Conditions as set out in the Safety Snap Shot Photo Competition Terms & Conditions document found here
  • Competition is limited to 1 photo per current permit holder.

Please click here to enter 

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