Transpower contractors will be operating in Puketiro/Hydro Valley.

Northpower pylon refurbishment will resume along Hydro Valley and Hydro Road.


  • Any incidents resulting in fire or potential for fire are to be reported immediately call 111
  • Rock Garden experienced 4WD drivers only due to difficult terrain
  • Caution is required when driving on all the forest's roads. Hazards may include fallen trees, washout debris and slips
  • Speed limit on forest roads is 30km/h
  • Devils Staircase/Rock Garden route difficult terrain experienced trail/quad riders only
  • Extra care needed when using all ford crossings

Akatarawa Forest Block

  • Greater Wellington Regional Council Rangers will be on duty throughout the Forest.
  • Whakatikei wetland closed to all motorised recreation users.

Metro Plantation Forestry Akatarawa

Pig hunting in the Metro Forest is now open. Permits are required - apply for your permit now.

Fire danger

There are to be no fires lit and no cigarette smoking within the exotic forest estate. Any fires need to be reported to the Forest360 forest manager immediately after calling 111.

Mangaroa Forest

  • Harvesting operations have finished.

Puketiro Forest

  • Please note the radio frequency in this forest. All users must have FOMS1 for communicating.
  • SRG Global will be undertaking works on the pylons in Puketiro forest over the next month.
  • Harvesting operations are ongoing at Battle Hill. Recreational access to parts of the forest weekend only. Currently the southern loop (Orange Street) is completely off limits to access. Operational and recreational signage in place.

Hukinga Forest

  • No current harvesting operations

Maungakotukutuku Forest

  • Harvesting and earthworks will resume in Maungakotukutuku Forest from February 2024 on the Western Ridge of this block. Strictly no access to this area.

Valley View Forest

  • Radio communication on these roads at all times.
  • Thinning operations are ongoing in the Lindsays and Boiler Gully areas. Operational signage in place. Expect road closures in here when roadside trees are felled.

KNE feral ungulate hunting schedule

  • Maungakotukutuku Forest Goat control planned, near adjoining KCDC land
Updated May 13, 2024 at 3:43 PM

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