Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 pm excluding public holidays
- The Restall Road gate to access the equestrian park opens at 6.30 am and is closed at 6 pm during the winter season and 8 pm in summer – except Wednesdays when the Woodhill Mountain Bike Park opens till 10 pm.
- Winter hours start 1 April 2018.
- 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
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.
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 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.
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.
The casual rider fee is $23
You can register to ride for the day either at the office, or by submitting a completed casual rider form and proof of your payment to our bank account – the confirmation page from your internet banking provider or a screenshot of the transaction.
We will process the form and email it to you with your receipt and instructions for the collection and return of a key (if applicable). You must display the processed form (signed by us) on the dashboard of your vehicle and carry the receipt on you while you are riding.
If you are arranging a weekend ride we will need your submission by 4 pm Friday as we are not open on the weekend. We have lock-boxes outside our office building that keys to the horse park can be accessed from.
If you prefer to email a form with proof of payment, to email@example.com, please download a Casual Rider Form here.
All riders must wear hi-viz vests while in the park. When possible, please borrow a hi-viz vest with our Kake Hōiho logo on it from the office.
It is a condition of membership that riders wear a hi-viz vest with our Kake Hōiho logo on it when riding in the horse park. We sell the vests for $25 or you can take your own hi-viz to Brandit in Huapai. Brandit will print our logo on your vest, for $8 to $12, if you show them your ID card/receipt.
You can register for membership to Te Ngahere o Woodhill Kake Hōiho either at the office, or by submitting a membership registration form:
- Select and complete a form then submit it with your photograph (also photographs of added children if applicable) and proof of your payment to our bank account – the confirmation page from your internet banking provider or a screenshot of the transaction. We can reuse a photo that we already have on file for you if you choose.
- We will process your form and email you when your key and other membership items are ready to collect.
- Please note that we do not post forest keys. They must be collected from the Restall Road office, 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday, or by prior arrangement for a weekend collection. Please contact our office to arrange – 09 420 9566 ext 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Riders under 16 must be supervised by a responsible adult rider for the duration of their ride. This applies to members and to casual riders. Keys will not be allocated to riders under the age of 16.
- Riders not following the terms and conditions as notified could have their memberships suspended or cancelled and/or be asked to leave the horse park.
- All riders must wear a riding helmet when riding in the Forest.
- All riders must wear a hi-viz vest when riding in the Forest.
- All members must wear a hi-viz vest with the Kake Hōiho logo on it when riding in the Forest.
- Casual riders are to borrow a hi-viz vest with our logo on it from the office, when possible.
- Riders must have a current ID card, or receipt, with them at all times – you could be asked to leave the forest if you cannot show a current ID card or receipt.
- Horse riding is permitted in the licenced area only – boundary tracks are shown in red on the horse park map.
- Riders must stay on the marked horse trails.
- Riders are required to have a tag on the saddle or bridle with a contact name and number, in the event that the horse gets lost or separated from the rider in the Forest.
- You must notify us immediately of any missing or loose horses in the horse park. Tell Kake Hōiho staff if they are present onsite, call the office (09 420 9566 ext 1) during business hours, or call forest security 027 535 5770.
- Vehicle access is permitted to the car park within the licenced area only.
- All vehicles and horse floats entering the car park must have a current WOF and registration.
- A Vehicle Parking Permit sticker must be clearly displayed on all member vehicles.
- A processed Casual Rider Form must be displayed on the dashboard of all casual rider vehicles.
- No keys are issued to riders under 16.
- Riders under 16 must be supervised by a responsible adult rider.
- No accompanying pedestrians, riders only.
- The forest is a working production forest and has year-round harvesting and other forestry activity. We will endeavour to notify all riders of forestry activities that will impact the use of the horse park. Please adhere to all warning signage and note that there is no access to areas that have been taped off.
- Logging trucks and other light and heavy vehicles are using the forest roads and they have right of way – extra care is required when crossing roads within the Forest.
- At times the park could be closed due to forest events that may compromise the safety of riders and their horses.
- Access could be restricted during high fire risk periods or during times of high winds. We will endeavour to notify all riders of any changes to access, so please monitor announcements on www.woodhillforest.co.nz and our page Te Ngahere Kake Hōiho.
- ALL GATES ARE TO BE KEPT LOCKED AT ALL TIMES – UNLOCKED GATES LEAVE THE FOREST OPEN TO UNAUTHORISED ACCESS.
- Throughout the year parts of the forest are grazed. Please ensure all grazing gates are kept closed to stop cattle wandering on the roads.
- Registered Kake Hōiho riders: you can use your keys to come in through the Coast Rd gates from Muriwai – you must secure the gates behind you. If you are with casual riders, they must be carrying a receipt to show they have paid the casual rider fee. At the ford over Ōkiritoto Stream, you must get off Coast Rd and enter the 5-mile-strip if you wish to continue north. You cannot stay on Coast Rd, or enter Woodhill Forest to the east of Coast Rd, between the ford and Wightman Way (which is the southern boundary of the horse park). From the 5-mile-strip, you can enter the horse park from directly opposite Wightman Way or Old Telephone Track by cautiously crossing Coast Rd. You can’t ride on Coast Rd between these tracks.
- No access to the dune areas north of the 5-mile-strip beyond Old Telephone Track.
- Dogs are welcome in the forest with you BUT they must be under full control at all times and tied up when in the car park.
- Smoking is prohibited when riding in the Forest.
- Firearms or hunting of any sort is by permit only.
- Registrations run to the 30th of September 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. Horse gate locks are changed on the 1st of October each year.
- Horse riding is a high-risk activity. When you ride in Te Ngahere o Woodhill you do so at your own risk and must be aware of the hazardous environment. If you identify a hazard, please report it immediately to the Kake Hōiho staff if they are present onsite, call the office (09 420 9566 ext 1) during business hours, use the Facebook Messenger app or email your concerns to email@example.com
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 highlighted in orange.
If you come across hazards while you are riding please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org, via messenger or phone 09 420 9566 ext. 1 during office hours with a description of where you encountered the hazard (the name of the track, type of hazard, photo if possible).
Please note that there is no beach access at present and please take care out there as there is a lot more work yet to be done.
FORESTRY MACHINERY IS IN OPERATION FROM THE MURIWAI GATE TO THE WIGHTMAN WAY HORSE PARK BOUNDARY
Access to the horse park from the Muriwai tie-up is closed due to forestry operations (unless you access via the 5-mile-strip to Wightman Way or Old Telephone Track). These operations will be ongoing for some time. We will inform you as soon as we are able to re-open the tracks.
RIDERS – please remember Woodhill Forest is an operational forest. There is a potential danger if you choose to ride in close proximity to harvesting areas, especially on weekdays. We are receiving a few reports regarding riders and forestry operators around the Muriwai end of the forest (please note that the southern/Muriwai end of the forest is currently out of the Kake Hōiho equestrian area, so should not be accessed by riders). To avoid a major incident, please refrain from riding in the forest outside of the horse park boundaries.
Continued disregard for the Kake Hōiho park boundaries could result in the cancellation of memberships.
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.
- Horse riding is permitted in the licenced area only – the boundary tracks are shown in red on the horse park map.
- All dogs must be under control while they are in the horse park and tied up while in the car park. Please keep your dogs out of the water troughs.
- All riderless horses must be led by a rider and also under control at all times.
- Riders must wear hi-viz vests/tops when in the forest, at all times.
- The last truck in the equestrian park is to ensure that the gate lock is secured in the barrel at night.
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.
Public access easement to the Waionui Inlet (lagoon)
- This easement is open from 8 am and closed at 8 pm daily, unless the bombing range is active or there are forestry operations in the area. If in doubt, please check the notices on this webpage and on 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 from 6.30 am and closed at 6 pm during the winter season and 9 pm in summer.
Please note the Rimmer Road horse gate is locked.
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.
Horse riding is only permitted within the horse park boundaries.
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)
- 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