Aerial Desiccation spraying operation Valley View Forest, Hukinga Valley and Tassies Block

On behalf of China Forestry Group, Forest360 Ltd is planning to carry out aerial spraying operations in Akatarawa Forest prior to replanting pine trees. A desiccation spray will be applied to the area by helicopter and will occur when the weather is suitable between the dates 8 March – 30 April 2023.

The treatment area, and nearby areas will be closed to visitors and recreation immediately prior to and during the spraying operation. Please follow the Forest360 signs in place at the forest entrance.

For further information please contact the forest supervisor, George Sims from Forest360 on 027 780 2623.

Valley View Forest

Map showing the spraying areas in Akatarawa Forest

Hukinga Valley and Tassies Block

Map view of Hukinga Valley and Tassies Block


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 will commence in the Mangaroa Forest on Monday 17 April until further notice. There will be no public access to the forest during operational hours, 5am to 5pm weekdays. The forest will be open to the public on weekends.

Puketiro Forest

  • Harvesting of a block of macrocarpa trees in Puketiro Forest is scheduled to begin on 18 May 2023. Recreational users should expect localised closures on Blowfly Road and Kaikamako Roads. Please obey signage and contractor’s instructions.  See a map of the harvesting area. (PNG 2.8 MB)
  • 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.

Hukinga Forest

  • Harvesting operations have finished.

Maungakotukutuku Forest

  • Harvesting operations have finished.

Valley View Forest

  • Thinning operations are underway on Valley View Road around the 7 and 8km markers. 
  • Radio communication on these roads at all times.

KNE feral ungulate hunting schedule

  • Maungakotukutuku Forest Goat control planned, near adjoining KCDC land
Updated July 13, 2023 at 12:21 PM

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