Kaimanawa Forest Park Access & Permits

Entry into Kaimanawa Forest Park is unrestricted unless you take a dog, or a firearm it then becomes necessary to obtain a permit from DOC.

Vehicle access to tracks - 
Vehicles may not be driven off formed and maintained roads. Do not leave valuables in vehicles parked at the roadends: thefts sometimes occur.

Aircraft access - 
One airstrip and a number of helipads allow light aircraft and helicopter access into the park. A permit is required to land at Boyd Airstrip and designated helicopter landing sites (see map, pages 10 - 11). To apply for a permit, please contact the DOC office in Turangi, phone +64 7 384 7106, email tnat@doc.govt.nz

Private Land 
- Large blocks of private land dissect the park. If you intend to cross private land you must first obtain a permit from the appropriate landowner. Hunting permits from DOC do not confer right of access across private land.

  • The lower Oamaru Valley (south-east bank); the upper Ngaruroro River including the Mingimingi and Te Wai o Tupuritia Streams; the headwaters of the Rangītikei and Tauranga-Taupo Rivers. East Taupo Lands block. Private Land. No access. Enquiries to Tongariro Aviation, phone +64 7 386 6580 or +64 21 072 4782
  • The large tract of land south of the Mangamingi Stream between the Ngaruroro and Mangamaire rivers. Contact Helisika, phone +64 7 384 2816
  • The southern bank of the Waipakihi River below the Waipakihi Gorge to Waikato Stream and extending south into the ‘Needles Block’. Contact Kaimanawa 3B2A and 3B2B Trust, Danny Loughlin, phone +64 7 376 0092 or email Danny@blackburnegroup.co.nz
  • The Rangipo Blocks north of Waikato Stream and east of the Desert Road. Contact Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board phone +64 7 386 8832
  • South of the Rangitikei River and Makahikatoa confluence on the true left bank. Contact Ngamatea Station, phone +64 6 388 0883

Kaimanawa Forest Park is for everyone to enjoy - safely and respecting permit area.

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