The horse park closure continues, from 11.59 pm on Tuesday 5 October 2021 until further notice, due to the Covid-19 Alert Level 3 restrictions in the Auckland region. We have reviewed evolving Govt. advice and have discussed the situation with MBIE. The advice currently does not support any of the recreational parks in Woodhill Forest opening, this includes the horse park. We will continue to review the situation as more detail becomes available over the coming days and inform you as soon as we know when the horse park can open again.
The Early Bird Special 12-month membership is currently available (online registration submissions only). Membership packs can be collected from the start of the new membership year on 1 November 2021.

OFFICE HOURS

Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 pm excluding public holidays

09 420 9566 ext. 1

71 Restall Road Waimauku – map

kake@kaiparangahere.com

AFTER HOURS

If you need to contact us after hours regarding an incident in Woodhill Forest that requires an immediate response from our Company (i.e. a matter of urgency that cannot wait until the next business day), please phone 021 128 4550 to reach on-call staff. In an EMERGENCY dial 111.

ACCESS

  • The equestrian park and the access gate on Restall Road open at 6.30 am and close at 6 pm in winter and 8 pm in summer.
  • No access via Coast Road and the Muriwai horse gates before 6.30 am, or after 6 pm in winter and 8 pm in summer.
  • Summer hours begin and end with daylight saving.
  • No riding on forest land outside of the horse park boundary other than on the approved marked trails that are conditionally accessible south of the horse park.
  • No riding during the hours of darkness.
  • Vehicles left in the forest after hours will be towed at the owner’s expense or a release fee will be charged by security – First Security 0800 277 697

BEEHIVES

There are commercial beehives in the horse park. If you intend to ride and have an anaphylactic reaction to bee stings, we advise you to bring your EpiPen with you.

KAITIAKI

Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara welcome the continued use of designated parts of Woodhill Forest by the equestrian community, through the Kake Hōiho operations. Equestrian access to the forest requires a current membership registration or a casual registration for the day. Registered riders will be provided with an access key and an ID card or receipt, which must be carried at all times when riding in the forest. If you are found in the park/forest without an ID card or receipt, you will be asked to leave and you risk being trespassed. Forest Kaitiaki/Wardens are patrolling the park/forest, if you are riding without our company vests you could be approached by them for proof of registration.

NURSERY
If you are interested in hiring the Nursery cabin/campsite, please see the form below for details – you will need to check with reception for availability.

Download Facility Hire Agreement (Nursery Campsite)

MAP

A copy of the horse park map is available below. The map shows the tracks that have been cleared and reopened since the storm in April 2018.

Download Kake Hōiho horse park map

The horse park closure continues, from 11.59 pm on Tuesday 5 October 2021 until further notice, due to the Covid-19 Alert Level 3 restrictions in the Auckland region. We have reviewed evolving Govt. advice and have discussed the situation with MBIE. The advice currently does not support any of the recreational parks in Woodhill Forest opening, this includes the horse park. We will continue to review the situation as more detail becomes available over the coming days and inform you as soon as we know when the horse park can open again.

The casual rider fee is $25 

To register:
  1. Complete a Casual Entry form online (click on the Casual Entry horse icon below) and submit it with proof of your payment (the confirmation page from your internet banking provider or a screenshot of the transaction). The form will not submit unless you agree to the terms and conditions for riders.
  2. If you prefer, you can  download a Casual Rider Form here . Complete and sign it, then email it with confirmation of your payment to kake@kaiparangahere.com 
  3. Or you can register at the office, during business hours (9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday), on the day of your ride.

Once you have submitted a form, we will process it and then email it to you with your receipt. Carry the receipt on you when you are in the park and display the form on the dashboard of your vehicle. If you need a key to the horse park gate you can arrange to collect one from the office on the day of your ride, or you can arrange for us to email you the instructions for collecting a key outside office hours, on the day of your ride.

If you are registering for a weekend ride you must submit your form by 4 pm on Friday, because the office is not open on the weekend. There are lock-boxes outside our office building and you will be emailed instructions for collecting a key from them if you need one.

All riders must wear a hi-vis vest in the horse park. Please see the terms and conditions for riders below.
Casual rider vests are available to borrow from the office, otherwise you can bring your own.

For further information phone 09 420 9566 ext. 1 during office hours, 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday, or email kake@kaiparangahere.com

The office is not open on weekends or public holidays.


The horse park closure continues, from 11.59 pm on Tuesday 5 October 2021 until further notice, due to the Covid-19 Alert Level 3 restrictions in the Auckland region. We have reviewed evolving Govt. advice and have discussed the situation with MBIE. The advice currently does not support any of the recreational parks in Woodhill Forest opening, this includes the horse park. We will continue to review the situation as more detail becomes available over the coming days and inform you as soon as we know when the horse park can open again.
The Early Bird Special 12-month membership is currently available, although we can only accept online registration submissions. Membership packs (key, vehicle parking permit, ID card, map) can be collected from the start of the new membership year on 1 November 2021.

Dog owners please note: Over the years we have continued to receive complaints regarding the behaviour of dogs in the horse park toward riders, horses, and other dogs. There have also been instances of injury to riders caused by dogs. We are monitoring the situation. If we continue to receive complaints due to dog owners not adhering to the terms and conditions that govern dogs in the horse park (i.e. that they are under control at all times and tied up when they are in the car park) we may have to stop allowing riders to bring their dogs with them into the park, though this measure would be a last resort. We understand that many owners follow the terms and conditions and that their dogs that are well adapted to the park environment and do not cause harm. However, we cannot countenance any harm or distress to riders that can be prevented. So, while riders are currently allowed to bring their dogs with them into the park, please be aware that this might change during the membership year, depending on how well dog owning riders, as a group, manage their dogs.

There are QR code posters at every entrance to the park for riders that have downloaded the contact tracing app.
(Please let us know if they go missing and we will replace them).
The following memberships are available through the membership year (1 November – 31 October):
  • Early Bird Special 12-month membership: $275  – 1 child (16 or under at the start of the membership period) can be added without charge; $105 per additional child.
    This membership is available from 1 to 31 October annually and is effective from 1 November.
  • 12-month membership from 1 November: $315 and $105 to add a child.
  • 9-month membership from 1 February: $250 – $85 to add a child
  • 6-month membership from 1 May: $180 – $75 to add a child
  • 3-month membership from 1 August: $110 – $65 to add a child

THE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE REGISTRATION IS FOR THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL 12-MONTH MEMBERSHIP

To register for membership:

  • To submit a membership registration form online:
    1. Click on the MEMBERSHIP/horse icon below.
    2. Complete the online form then submit it with your photograph, the photographs of any added children and proof of your payment (the confirmation page from your internet banking provider or a screenshot of the transaction).
  • Or  download a form here, complete and sign it, then email it to kake@kaiparangahere.com with confirmation of payment and your photograph(s).

You will be contacted when your membership has been processed and advised as to when you can collect your membership pack (key to the park, vehicle parking permit sticker, ID card, map).

Keys are collected from the Restall Road office, which is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday, or by prior arrangement for a weekend collection from one of our lock-boxes (conditions apply).

Keys for 12-month memberships cannot be collected prior to the start of the new membership year. A new key will not be issued to returning members unless either their old key is returned or the lost-key fee of $100 is paid.

All keys must be returned at the end of the membership period (see: Terms and Conditions for Riders)

Horse park keys that have been allocated to members are for the use of the member they have been allocated to exclusively. Members can bring paid and registered casual riders into the park with them, but cannot give out their key so that another rider can access the park independently of them.

Keys will not be issued to riders 16 years or under. Riders 16 years or under must be supervised by a registered adult rider for the duration of their ride. This applies to members and to casual riders.

A condition of membership is that you wear a hi-vis vest with the Kake Hōiho logo printed on it when you are in the horse park. We sell the vests at the office for $26 or you can take your own hi-vis vest to Brand-It Plus at Unit 11/6 Westgate Drive, Westgate (phone 09 4125840). Brand-It Plus will print the Kake Hōiho logo onto your vest for $15 when you show them your ID card or receipt as proof of your membership. Your vest must be clean and in good condition or Brand-It Plus will not print it.

The horse park is for registered riders only, no accompanying pedestrians or cyclists.

Please read the full terms and conditions for riders in the section below and contact the office if you need further information:

Office hours are from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday.

The office does not open on weekends or public holidays.

Riders not following the terms and conditions could have their memberships suspended or cancelled and/or be asked to leave the horse park

  • All riders must be registered (form completed, payment made) either as members or as casual riders.
  • All riders must wear a riding helmet and a hi-vis vest when riding in the forest.
  • Members must wear a vest with the Kake Hōiho logo on it.
  • All riders must carry on them a current ID card or receipt – you could be asked to leave the forest if you cannot show a current ID card or receipt upon request.
  • Casual riders can borrow a hi-vis vest from the office if need be.
  • Riders are required to have a tag on their saddle or bridle with a contact name and number, in the event that the horse gets lost or separated from the rider.
  • Riderless horses must be led by a mounted rider, with a connecting lead or rope, and be under control at all times.
  • You must notify us immediately of any missing or loose horses in the horse park. Alert Kake Hōiho staff if they are present on site or call the office (09 420 9566 ext.1) during business hours. Outside business hours call First Security 0800 347 787 or forest security 027 535 5770. If you require an immediate response from our company after hours, for an urgent matter that cannot wait until the next business day, phone 021 128 4550.
  • Vehicle access is only permitted to the car park within the licenced area.
  • All vehicles and horse floats entering the car park must have a current WOF and registration.
  • All vehicles entering the car park must be registered to be there, either through membership or casual entry.
  • A Vehicle Parking Permit sticker must be clearly displayed on all member vehicles.
  • A processed casual entry form must be displayed on the dashboard of all casual rider vehicles.
  • Horse park keys that have been allocated to members are for the use of the member they have been allocated to exclusively. Members can bring paid and registered casual riders into the park with them, but they cannot give out their key for another rider to access the park independently of them.
  • Registrations run to the 31st of October annually and all keys must be returned at the end of the membership period.
  • Riders 16 years or under are considered children and must ride with a registered adult rider.
  • Riders 16 years or under at the start of the membership period can be added to the membership of an adult rider who will be responsible for them when they are in the horse park. No keys or memberships are issued to riders 16 or under.
  • No pedestrians (including dog walkers) or cyclists; horse riders only.
  • Logging trucks and other vehicles that use the forest roads have right of way – extra care is required when crossing forest roads.
  • You can cross forest roads, but you cannot ride along them.
  • Te Ngahere o Woodhill is an operational production forest and has year-round harvesting and forestry activity. Please adhere to all warning signage. There is no access to areas that have been taped off.
  • Horse riding is only permitted on the approved and marked horse trails.
  • You can ride on the trails within the horse park boundary and on the approved and marked trails south of the southern border.
  • If you ride anywhere else in the forest you are trespassing and could be prosecuted, you could also have your membership revoked.
  • Access to the trails that are south of the southern park border, Wightman Way, may be restricted when other activities are scheduled in that area of the forest (e.g. motocross events).
  • Access to the horse park could be restricted during high fire risk periods or when winds exceed 65 kph. At times, the park could be closed due to Covid-19 restrictions or events that could compromise the safety of riders and their horses. We endeavour to notify riders of any changes to access and any forestry activity that will impact the use of the park – please monitor announcements on woodhillforest.co.nz and on our Facebook page Te Ngahere Kake Hōiho.
  • ALWAYS LOCK GATES BEHIND YOU – unlocked gates leave the forest open to unauthorised access. Throughout the year parts of the forest are grazed. Please ensure that all grazing gates are kept closed to stop cattle wandering on the roads.
  • Kake Hōiho members: You can use your keys to come in through the horse gates at Muriwai. You must lock the gates behind you. If you are with casual riders, they must be wearing a hi-vis vest and carrying a receipt to show that they have paid the casual rider fee. No entry through the horse gates before 6.30 am or after 6 pm in winter and 8 pm in summer.
  • NO RIDING DURING THE HOURS OF DARKNESS.
  • No access to the dune areas north of the Muriwai Regional Park, beyond Old Telephone Track.
  • Dogs are welcome in the forest with you if they are under full control at all times, able to keep up with you on your horse and tied up when they are in the car park. If your dog causes harm or distress to others it could be stopped from entering the horse park.
  • Smoking is prohibited when riding in the forest.
  • Registrations run to the 31st of October annually and all keys must be returned at the end of the membership period. Riders will need to re-register and purchase a new key to continue membership and access to the horse park.
  • LOST KEYS WILL INCUR A FEE OF $100.
  • New keys will not be issued to returning members until either their old key is returned, or the lost key fee is paid.
  • HORSE GATE LOCKS ARE CHANGED ON THE 1ST OF NOVEMBER EACH YEAR.

Horse riding is a high-risk activity. When you ride in Te Ngahere o Woodhill you do so at your own risk, so stay alert to the hazards of the environment. If you identify a hazard, please report it to the Kake Hōiho staff if they are present on site, call the office (09 420 9566 ext.1 – 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday) or email the details to kake@kaiparangahere.com. Please provide as much information as possible to allow for prompt removal/management of the hazard. These terms and conditions are subject to change and amendment.

THERE ARE WILD ANIMALS IN THE FOREST THAT MAY SPOOK YOUR HORSE.

NO RIDING ON FOREST LAND OUTSIDE THE HORSE PARK BOUNDARY
other than on the approved marked trails that are conditionally accessible south of the horse park.

IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY DIAL 111.
If you require an immediate response from our company after hours,
for an urgent matter that cannot wait until the next business day, phone 021 128 4550.
Vehicles left in the forest after hours will either be towed at the owner’s expense or incur the release fee charged by First Security: 0800 277 697

Maps showing the horse park boundary:

Horse park boundary marked in blue:

Map of the approved 5 km trail that runs from Wightman Way to Coast Road:

Map of the Muriwai Beach Horse Treks trail. Registered riders can use this trail as long as they give way to the trekkers:

Map of the horse park boundary and approved southern trails:

The horse park closure continues, from 11.59 pm on Tuesday 5 October 2021 until further notice, due to the Covid-19 Alert Level 3 restrictions in the Auckland region. We have reviewed evolving Govt. advice and have discussed the situation with MBIE. The advice currently does not support any of the recreational parks in Woodhill Forest opening, this includes the horse park. We will continue to review the situation as more detail becomes available over the coming days and inform you as soon as we know when the horse park can open again.
The Early Bird Special 12-month membership is currently available (online registration submissions only). Membership packs can be collected from the start of the new membership year on 1 November 2021.

Te Ngahere o Woodhill Kake Hōiho horse park reopened to all riders on Monday 23 April 2018 after sustaining significant storm damage, the map below shows the trails that have been cleared for riding:


Horse park boundary marked in blue:

RIDERS
You can cross forest roads but you cannot ride along them. Please remember that Woodhill Forest is an operational forest. Riding in close proximity to harvesting areas compromises not only the safety of the rider but also that of the operators. If you are found riding in a harvesting area you could be asked to leave the forest and you could have your membership revoked.

NO RIDING ON FOREST LAND OUTSIDE THE HORSE PARK BOUNDARY
other than on the marked trails that are conditionally accessible south of the horse park. If you ride in any other areas of the forest, you are trespassing, and you could be prosecuted and have your membership revoked.

BEEHIVES
There are commercial beehives in the horse park. If you intend to ride and have an anaphylactic reaction to bee stings, we advise you to bring your EpiPen with you.

HAZARDS
If you encounter a hazard when you are riding in the park please notify us by email at kake@kaiparangahere.com, via messenger, or by phoning 09 420 9566 ext. 1 during office hours with a description of the hazard and it’s location (the name of the track, photo if possible).

AFTER HOURS
If you need to contact us after hours regarding an incident in Woodhill Forest that requires an immediate response from our Company (i.e. a matter of urgency that cannot wait until the next business day), please phone 021 128 4550 to reach on-call staff. In an EMERGENCY dial 111.

COAST ROAD PUBLIC ACCESS EASEMENT
Coast Road is permanently closed to motorised vehicle access.
Access by foot, bicycle or horse is permitted during the hours of daylight,
There is no access permitted into Woodhill Forest beyond the formation of Coast Road from the security gate to Old Telephone Track.
Auckland Council Regional Parks manage access to the 5 mile strip (Muriwai Regional Park).
FYI
Woodhill Forest land to the east of Coast Road and north of Old Telephone Track is PRIVATE PROPERTY. Trespassers will be prosecuted.

  • All dogs must be near their owners and under control when they are in the horse park and tied up when in the car park.
  • Please keep dogs out of the water troughs.
  • All riderless horses must be led by a mounted rider, with a connecting lead or rope, and under control at all times.
  • Riders must wear a hi-vis vest at all times when in the forest.
  • Lock the gate behind you as you enter or exit the horse park. If you are waiting for other people to arrive please wait for them at the gate rather than leaving the gate open for them.
  • Please slow down and exercise common courtesy when passing other riders on the trails.
  • You can cross forest roads but you cannot ride along them.
  • No accessing the park/forest, either from Restall Road or Muriwai, before 6.30 am or after 6 pm in winter and 8 pm in summer.
  • No entry during the hours of darkness.
  • You can ride within the horse park boundaries and on the approved and marked trails south of the southern park boundary.
  • If you ride in any other areas of the forest you are trespassing – you could be prosecuted and have your membership revoked.

KIA ORA KAKE HŌIHO RIDERS

Our recent clarification of the ways to access the Horse Park from Muriwai has generated lots of commentary on our Facebook page and other social media forums.

Although this topic has been addressed before via our website, Facebook, newspapers, pamphlets and in public forums, we’ll present some key information again now.

In 2013 Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara (NMWoK, the ‘corporate’ entity representing Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara) purchased the land under Woodhill Forest from the Crown as part of our Treaty of Waitangi settlement. The land then became privately owned. The primary reason for purchasing the land was a commercial investment to fund the hapū’s social, educational, cultural and health programmes.

As private land, there is no obligation on NMWoK to provide access to the public – just as there is no public right to roam on the private land any of us own, our homes.

Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara has for centuries now welcomed new people into our region – even when for periods of time we became marginalised and dispossessed. We understand and value the development of a strong community and will play our part. The various activities we run or licence within Woodhill (e.g. Bike Park, Tree Adventures, off-roading / dirt biking, paintball) give opportunities to the public to enjoy the forest – whilst contributing to the commercial return we expected when we decided to purchase it. However unquestionably the most significant activity in the forest is forestry, which we both licence and now, increasingly, participate in as a joint venture partner. Forestry is a high-risk industry and the forest is a workplace. Other mobile businesses such as firewood collection also use the forest. One-off events are increasingly common. There is even a live-firing weapons range at the northern end of the forest and military exercises at times outside of that area. We have strict obligations on us as the landowner, landlord and now forestry company to keep this workplace, and all within it, safe as required under legislation. The new health and safety legislation that came into force this year (2016) is much tighter than the old and sets out massive penalties for our senior staff and board members should an incident occur and our processes be found lacking. This encourages caution. We know other organisations with similar responsibilities to us are grappling with how to manage their obligations in a sensible way. You may well see a range of responses but no-one wants to be the test case for a prosecution under the new legislation. Our tenant businesses are as conscious as we are of their organisational risks operating in the forest. We need to take their concerns into account in how we manage the forest.

So, for now, having taken legal advice, discussed these matters in depth with our tenants and business partners, and considering our own appetite for risk (especially those in positions of authority for us who would face fines into the millions should we be convicted of a failing under health and safety legislation), our cautious position is that the public may only access Woodhill Forest by permit, or in one of the licenced activity areas. For horse-riders, this means the exclusive horse park area, the boundary of which is described as the ‘perimeter trail’ on your maps. As registered riders, we know we have your details should we need to contact you. We know you have been informed of the dangers in the forest and made aware of where to find information on changing situations in the forest (e.g. areas that are out of bounds because of harvesting activity). We know the area within which you will be found (and importantly where you should not be, therefore where we could then permit other activity). The same can be said of all the other licensed activities we sanction in the forest. This knowledge and ability to exert control and keep things safe are absent when we don’t know who is in the forest, doing what and where. Managing this mosaic of use takes a lot of staff time and attention – and so there is a cost to this. There is also a limit to the complexity of use that we believe we can actually keep track of across all 12 500 hectares of the forest and keep everyone within safe to a reasonable standard. Only we out of all the businesses/groups/individuals that access and use the forest can appreciate and need to know, everything that is happening in it every day. Thus, we reserve the right to only permit what we believe we can safely manage. We will continue to make use of tools like media, signage, pamphlets, our kaitiaki educators, and trespass to discharge our responsibilities and preserve our own rights.

Constructive feedback is welcome but we will continue to take a precautionary approach that allows us to feel we are discharging our duty of care to ourselves and our workers, our tenants and business partners, and our customers. Over time we will make changes to the forest regime as experience, understanding and the mosaic of activities change. Some of these may be less restrictive, some may prove to need to be more restrictive.

We came to help with the working bee in the Five Mile Strip, knowing that we are encouraging people to use that as a way to reach the Horse Park from Muriwai. It was good to confirm on the ground that it can be used by riders. We are also working with Council in other ways to encourage the improvement of this area for use by horse-riders.

Going into the new horse-riding season this spring, we are intending to allow the use by registered horse riders of some trails between the exclusive horse park (southern boundary Wightman Way) and Muriwai. This is reliant on us getting those trails up to spec by then and getting in place a system of which riders can effectively be warned if these need to be closed from time to time (e.g. for harvesting or other events that may be taking place). The intention is that generally only horse-riders will be using those trails, but the area may still be offered up for use for another activity / event from time to time – in which case other access may need to be restricted.

Eke Hōiho will change its name at that time to ‘Kake Hōiho’ (pronounced ‘Kar-keh Hoy-hoar’) to better reflect the Kaipara dialect.

It would be easy (and tempting) to discuss and debate public access in the forest forever, but we are loathed to endlessly revisit this. Now and again we will respond if there is something new to be added or clarified but generally, we hope and trust that people will respect us as a private landowner and business. We know we won’t meet the wants of all the wider public who would like to have unfettered access to the forest, but this posting sets out again why we are acting as we are. We will take note of reasonable suggestions but will generally consider these in our own way and time as we manage the large, complex beast that is Woodhill Forest.

Happy riding.

A Public Announcement from Hancock Forest Management NZ:

WOODHILL FOREST PUBLIC ACCESS EASEMENT CLOSURE CONTINUES TO TAKE EFFECT FROM 11.59 PM TUESDAY 5 OCTOBER 2021
SITUATION
Public Access Easements have been historically closed when COVID 19 Alert Levels have exceeded Level 2.This occurred at 23:59 17 August 2021.
NZ Government declared COVID 19 Alert Level 4 for the Auckland region starting 23:59 17 August 2021, reducing to Alert Level 3 on 21 September 2021.
NZ Government declared an easing of COVID 19 Alert Level 3 conditions from 23:59 on 5 October 2021. However, Auckland is still in Level 3.
PUBLIC ACCESS EASEMENT ISSUES
  1. Public Access Easements have been closed in the past when COVID 19 Alert Levels have exceeded Level 2.
  2. A rain event in late September saw 208mm rain fall near Kumeu during the 24 hour prior to 9am 30 September 2021. This rain event has damaged some Public Access Easement Roads, which were unable to be repaired until now as the work was not deemed essential under the NZ Government criteria. Road assessments and repairs have started, but until all roads are assessed and repairs are completed, it would be unsafe to allow the public to access the Public Access Easement.
  3. COVID 19 Alert Level 3 prohibits any activities “that may expose you to danger or may require search and rescue services”.
    https://covid19.govt.nz/activities/sports-and-recreation/#sports-and-recreation-at-alert-level-3.
  4. The Tasman Road Public Access Easement is isolated and elevates the risk to emergency service responding to an incident.
PUBLIC ACCESS EASEMENT STATUS
Based on NZ Government COVID Alert Level 3 activity restrictions, isolation, and the need to assess rain event damage and repair Public Access Easement Roads,
TASMAN ROAD and  RIMMER ROAD  Public Access Easement roads will remain fully  closed, but will be reviewed weekly.
COAST ROAD Public Access Easement road will be open for foot access only.
Reason:  Protection of trees, equipment and for the safety of those using the Access Area. (PAE No 3, Section D 4.2 & 4.3).
PLEASE REMEMBER
  1. There is no public access permitted into Woodhill Forest beyond the Closed (TASMAN and RIMMER) Public Access Easement roads, and no foot access to the east of Coast Road, or north of Old Telephone Track.
    Reason: the land is private property.
  2. VEHICLES LOCKED IN MUST CALL SECURITY ON 0275355770 and PAY THE NIGHT GATE OPEN CHARGE.
  3. Auckland Council Regional Parks will manage access to the 5-mile strip (Muriwai Regional Park).
Any changes to the Public Access Easement access will be published on this website by Thursday 4pm during a given week, until normal access is restored.
Signage will be displayed at the start of the easement.
The next update will be published by 4pm 14 October 2021.

Public Easements are only open to the public during the hours of daylight (Sunrise to Sunset).
Due low fire risk fire period, the gate may be left open during night time, but access is at users risk.

Public access easement to the Waionui Inlet (lagoon)

  • This easement is normally open during daylight hours, unless the bombing range is active (as it is currently) or there are forestry operations in the area. If in doubt, please check the notices section on this web-page, the Woodhill Forest information line 09 420 9566 ext. 0, or contact NZDF Whenuapai on 09 417 7000.

Public access easement to Muriwai Beach via Rimmer Road 

  • This easement is normally open during the hours of daylight.
  • If you are locked in please contact forest security on 0275355770.
  • The unloading of unregistered or unwarranted motorbikes, ATV or other off-road vehicles from the Rimmer Road carpark, to access the beach, is not permitted at any time.
  • Please contact the Auckland Council and apply for a permit if you want to take your vehicle onto the beach.

Please note the Rimmer Road horse gate is locked and horse riding is prohibited.

The Restall Road gate to access the horse park

  • This gate is normally open from 6.30 am and closed at 6 pm during the winter season and 8 pm in summer.

Summer hours begin and end with daylight saving.

No riding on forest land outside of the horse park boundary and the marked trails that are conditionally accessible south of the horse park.
Riders found in any other areas of the forest are trespassing and will be prosecuted.

Vehicles left in the forest after hours will be towed at the owner’s expense or a release fee will be charged by forest security.

Security Contact Details:

  • First Security –  0800 277 697 (Restall Road gate)
  • Black Hawk Security – 027 535 5770 (Rimmer Road gate)

COAST ROAD PUBLIC ACCESS EASEMENT

Coast Road is permanently closed to motorised vehicle access.
Access by foot, bicycle or horse is permitted during daylight hours.

There is no access permitted into Woodhill Forest beyond the formation of Coast Road from the Coast Road security gate to Old Telephone Track.
Woodhill Forest land to the east of Coast Road and north of Old Telephone Track is private property, trespassers will be prosecuted.

There is public access from the easement to the Muriwai Regional Park that is west of Coast Road and south of Old Telephone Track.
Auckland Council Regional Parks (Muriwai Rangers) manage access to the 5 mile strip (Muriwai Regional Park).
To contact the Muriwai Rangers phone 09 369 5829.

Any changes to Public Access Easement access will be published on the Notices page of this website and on the Forest Information Line.

FOREST INFORMATION LINE:
09 420 9566 ext. 0

Hancock Forest Management New Zealand:
09 470 1300 or 09 283 9019 after hours

If you witness any suspicious activity in the forest or on the beach, please phone the Crimestoppers line on 0800-555-111 or report the incident on 09-839-0600