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The extensive area now known as Woodhill Forest is an important part of the cultural landscape of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara. Many ancestral names (like Te Kēti, Kuwakatai, Waionui, Korekore and Ōkiritoto) were used for different areas and features, but the land became generally known as Woodhill when it passed into Crown ownership to be developed as forest.

Today, the land under the forest is privately owned and managed by Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara after a 2013 Treaty of Waitangi settlement. To learn more about the history of the area, and the Treaty settlement read, “learn about our history” below.

Public access is still permitted in designated areas of the forest for a wide range of recreational activities including; horse-riding, mountain biking, tree climbing, paintball, 4 wheel driving and off-road motorcycling. All access permits for other activities are issued through the commercial office of Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara (located at Restall Road, Waimauku, phone +64 9 420 9566 – open 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays).

This website is intended to help you safely enjoy your time in Woodhill Forest, and we will be continuing to expand the features of the site over the coming weeks and months.

Mauri ora!

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

NMWoKNL wishes to build on Woodhill Forest’s position as an adventure / recreational tourism destination. We also want to further explore what other non-tourism businesses could locate there. Please go to our Request for Expressions of Interest page to discover how you can explore the opportunity.

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FILMING AT WOODHILL FOREST

Woodhill Forest has been used extensively as a location for film and television productions. To find out how you can make use of the location check out our filming locations page.

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LEARN ABOUT OUR HISTORY

The extensive area now known as Woodhill Forest is an important part of the cultural landscape of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara. Many ancestral names (like Te Keti, Kuwakatai, Waionui, Korekore and Ōkiritoto) were used for different areas and features, but the land became generally known as Woodhill when it passed into Crown ownership to be developed as forest.

LEARN MORE

ACTIVITIES

There are many amazing activities that you can do at Woodhill forest.
From horeseriding, tree adventures to horseriding. Click here to read more.