Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki Te Ngahere o Woodhill

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.

With the purchase of the whenua within Woodhill Forest by Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara as part of our settlement of Treaty of Waitangi breaches, it is now in private ownership. Click the word for a map showing the extent of Woodhill-ForestMap.

The name of our ‘post-settlement’ governance and management entity with responsibility for our interests in Woodhill Forest is Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara. Hancock Forest Management NZ has responsibility for the tree crop within Woodhill, which is not owned by Ngā Maunga Whakahii.

We want to encourage the public to enjoy the many recreational activities that have been available now for some years – horse-riding, mountain biking, tree climbing, paintball, 4 wheel driving, off-road motorcycling. However, due to the health and safety risks associated with an operational forest and the various activities in the forest, including Defence force training activities and permitted hunting, public access is by permit only (located at Restall Road, Waimauku, phone +64 9 420 9566).

We ask that you respect the access requirements of Woodhill forest to ensure the ongoing health and safety of the authorised users of the forest. If you wish to report any unlawful access or use of the forest or signage which needs replacing, please contact us by phone on +64 9 420 9566 or by email at woodhill@kaiparamoana.com. For emergencies please dial 111.

We hope you enjoy your time in the forest.

Mauri ora!



Read about Woodhill Forest history in this article based on a lecture to the Helensville Historical Society by Margaret Kawharu (Trustee, Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara)