Recreational Access Permits

Recreational access for hunting & fishing will re-OPEN the weeknd of 11 September 2021

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

Recreational access for hunting & fishing is currently CLOSED due to the current fire season.
Please click here to see the COVID-19 L2 requirements which must be undertaken.

Registrations & Applications for the 2022 Hunting & Fishing season will be available via the FIRST Security website when the fire season closes on 1 May 2022.
All persons 15 years and older wishing to apply for a Recreational Access Permit must first complete the Recreational Forest Access Health & Safety Induction via the FIRST Security website. On completion of the Induction and online application form, Permit Applicants will then need to provide FIRST Security  with the following information:

  • Driver's License
  • Vehicle Registration Number and current WOF
  • Firearms License
  • Fishing or Game Bird License
  • $50 Permit Registration Fee (not required by verified land owners). Refer to the Registration Fee Update Notice for further information.
  • Land owners not already verified, please click here   Land Owner REGISTRATION FORM (for Iwi affiliated land owners only)

All permits will be posted to applicants. No collection of permits will be available from the FIRST Security office due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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.

If you have any queries regarding this process please contact:
FIRST Security Rotorua (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm)
Phone: 07 347 0297

Recreational Access General Information

Recreational access for hunting and fishing will RE-OPEN from the weekend of 11 September 2021.
Please click here to see the COVID-19 Level 2 requirements which must be undertaken.

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 'Safety Snapshot' Photo Competition

Entries for the 2021 "Kaingaroa & Rotoehu Hunting/Fishing "SAFETY Snapshot" photo competition is now OPEN.
Click here to submit your entry. Entries close Sunday 26 September 2021.

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