Public Announcements from Manulife Investment Management Forest Management NZ
WOODHILL FOREST PUBLIC ACCESS EASEMENT PARTIAL CLOSURE FROM 11 AUGUST 2023 ONWARDS
Cyclone Gabrielle has left hazardous trees on the Tasman Road Public Access Easement, making it unsafe for the public to enter.
Auckland Council has opened access to Muriwai beach on 15 June 2023.
For more information, visit https://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/news/2023/06/muriwai-outer-cordon-to-be-lifted-6am-friday-16-june/
The Department of Conservation issued the following notice in October 2022:
We are advising that the public access easement at Rimmer Road, Muriwai Beach, Auckland, is currently closed to members of the public due to safety concerns. This means there is currently no public access at Rimmer Road across the land privately owned by Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara to Muriwai Beach.
The Department is currently in discussion with other agencies and interested parties to address the ongoing maintenance and management of the public access easement.
All correspondence is to be emailed to [email protected]
We thank members of the public for respecting the easement closures during this period.
PUBLIC ACCESS EASEMENT STATUS AS AT 11 aUGUST 2023 until further notice:
Until further notice
Closed for the safety of public access easement users (PAE No 3 Section 4.2 & 4.3).
Winter rainfall has damaged the road making it unsafe for open public use. This is under review.
2km of Lagoon Road is blocked by DoC trees, preventing access to the lagoon via the easement.
The landowners are in discussion with the Department of Conservation.
Until further notice
Closed for the safety of public access easement users (PAE No 3, Section D 4.2 & 4.3).
The weather events have narrowed the road pavement, making it unsafe for open public use.
Until further notice
Closed for safety of public access easement users. (PAE No 3, Section D 4.2 & 4.3).
Only walk-in access on Coast Road to access Muriwai Regional Park is permitted.
We ask the public to report all emergencies to FENZ (fire) or NZ Police (111) and all suspicious behaviour to 027 535 5770.
There is no public access into Woodhill Forest beyond the Public Access Easement roads and
no access to the east of Coast Road or north of Old Telephone Track.
Reason: The land is private property.
VEHICLES LOCKED IN MUST CALL SECURITY ON 0275355770, and PAY THE NIGHT GATE OPEN CHARGE.
Auckland Council Regional Parks manage access to the 5-mile strip (Muriwai Regional Park).
Any changes to the Public Access Easement access will be published by Thursday 4 pm during a given week or when conditions change.
Signage will be displayed at the start of the easements.
Te Ngahere o Woodhill is an operational forest on private land.
Woodhill is a working forest. Forestry operations are constant and ongoing, and the location of operations changes frequently. Consequently, authorised access to the forest is only approved via our permitting and deconflicting processes to ensure the safety of all staff, operators, and visitors.
This excludes access to the licensed recreational operators in Te Ngahere o Woodhill – see Activities
- No public access (other than to the recreational parks – see Activities)
- All authorised access and activity is by permit only.
- The NZDF bombing range, at the northern tip of the South Head peninsula, is not part of the forest.
- No motorised access is permitted over or on the dunes other than on the 4WD beach access, when it is safe to use, from the 10-mile carpark at the end of the Rimmer Road public access easement – currently closed to members of the public due to safety concerns (enquiries to [email protected])
- The unloading of unregistered and/or unwarranted motorbikes or off-road vehicles from the Rimmer Road 10-mile carpark is not permitted – currently closed to members of the public due to safety concerns (enquiries to [email protected])
- Hunting is managed by the Woodhill Fallow Management Council. You can apply for a ballot on their website www.fallowdeer.co.nz.
- No fires/smoking in the forest or the dunes.
- Check the notices section on this web page
- Phone the forest information line +64 9 420 9566 ext. 0
- Phone the forest office during business hours 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday +64 9 420 9566
There is no public access to the forest.
Forest Kaitiaki/Wardens are patrolling the forest. If you are found in the forest without a permit, you will be asked to leave and risk being trespassed.
In the event of an emergency and if you see or smell smoke call 111.
From time to time, due to forestry operations, weather events, or Covid-19 restrictions, the public access easements could be closed, or their use restricted. There will also be times when one-off events take place in the forest.
For further information regarding events and current restrictions phone +64 9 4209566.
If you witness any suspicious activity in the forest or on the beach, please phone the Police 105 line.
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 the after-hours duty manager.
In an EMERGENCY dial 111.