Recreational Access Permits

Recreational access for hunting & fishing will OPEN the weekend of 30 April 2022.

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, 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 and fishing is now OPEN for the 2022 season.
Please click here to see the COVID-19 requirements which must be undertaken.

Recreational access applies to daylight hours during the weekend and public holidays only and is subject to safety, weather and fire 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.

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
  • Current Vehicle Registration Number and 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.

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

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 - see Fire Danger Levels here), all forests may be closed to Recreational users.
  • Hunting and Fishing is NOT permitted at any time in CLOSED areas, operational areas or in areas where 1080 has been applied.
    Refer to the Forest Access & Closures page.
  • Access without a valid permit will result in a trespass notice.

Recreational 'Safety Snapshot' Photo Competition

Entries for the 2022 "Kaingaroa & Rotoehu Hunting/Fishing "SAFETY Snapshot" photo competition will open on Saturday 30 April 2022.
Click here to submit your entry. Entries close 5pm, Friday 30 September 2022.

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