PF Olsen will begin to harvest the Whakatikei Forest mid-February with forestry equipment arriving to the site on Friday 14 February. The harvesting operation is expected to take 12 months.
Logging truck access will be off SH1 through a neighbouring property, arriving at the north western boundary of the forest and then exiting via the same route. Campbell Mills and Perhams Roads will not be used by logging trucks. Harvesting operations will start at the western side of the forest, working towards the centre to establish infrastructure along the way and along the northern boundary fence line towards Campbell Mills.
Public access will remain available via Campbell Mills and the Mangakotukutuku/Perham’s entrances to access non-operational areas of the Akatarawa Forest. Hydro Valley Road, Titi Road and The Causeway (to access Slippery Forest) will also remain open during this operation.
We have restrictions in place to keep everyone safe. Please abide by them as failure to follow the area restrictions could cause serious harm or death.
Specialised Tethering Equipment will be used on certain sections during harvesting. This will reduce the environmental impact to waterways by reducing the road and track infrastructure needed, and enable us to prepare and manage the extraction of trees across significant waterways.
Greater Wellington will provide updates via its website, social media, Weekly Forest Event Calendar regarding area restrictions and progress reports on the harvesting operation.
For any queries please contact: Metro Forest Ranger: Dion Ngatoro, 027 478 8106 or Akatarawa/Pakuratahi Park Ranger: Thane Walls, 027 248 1658
Due to logging operations, public access to Puketiro Forest in Akatarawa Forest via the Dude Ranch gate at the end of Bulls Run Road is closed until further notice. There is still public access via Cooks Gate into Puketiro Forest for after hour access (after 5pm). Please obey all signage on site.
We apologise for the inconvenience, for more information please contact the Forest Ranger on 0274788106.
Our park maintenance team will be working today to drain the Birchville reservoir. This is part of scheduled dam maintenance and will take a day to complete. The reservoir will fill up naturally again and will take about a week or so to refill depending on rain fall. This should be completed by Wednesday, 25th September and the dam will be left to refill naturally. Please keep out of the reservoir behind the dam because of the deep mud.