Nga Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara

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Nga Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara

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 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.

For many decades prior to 2013, as Crown land, there was a public access right. 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. The name of our 'post-settlement' governance and management entity with responsibility for our interests in Woodhill Forest is Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Ngahere Ltd. Hancock Forest Management NZ has responsibility for  much of the older tree crop within Woodhill, while Ngā Maunga Whakahii itself is now (through a JV) starting to plant areas Hancock has harvested.

We encourage the public to continue to visit the forest and enjoy the recreational activities that have been available now for many years – horse-riding, mountain biking, tree climbing, paintball, 4 wheel driving, off-road motorcycling. There are also three public easements (roads) that cross through or beside the forest at Coast Rd, Rimmer Rd and Tasman Rd. Please go to the designated areas where recreational activities are managed by licensed operators or stick to the public easements - access anywhere else in the forest for these or other activities is strictly by permit only.

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  • Address: 16 Commercial Road, Helensville 0800
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