About Waiuku Forest
Waiuku Forest is located on the west coast of Waikato District, south-west of Auckland city. It borders the Tasman Sea and the northern shore of the Waikato River.
The forest is part of the Crown's forestry estate and is managed by Crown Forestry. Commercial operations include the mining of iron sand by New Zealand Steel for the Glenbrook Steel Mill. Other activities include forestry and livestock grazing.
Recreational opportunities in the forest include horse trekking, walking, picnicking, and fishing. Parts of the forest can be booked by approved recreation groups for club events such as orienteering and car rallies.
Hunting and camping overnight are not permitted in Waiuku Forest. During periods of high fire danger, the forest may be closed for public access. Updates will be posted on this web page.
The use of chainsaws within the forest is strictly prohibited due to the extreme risk of accidents at all times, and fire risk during summer.
The forest opens at 7am and closes at 6pm every day.
We've fenced off both sand slides on the northwestern boundary to reduce erosion. However, there are tyre marks that show that drivers are still using the track.
It's important that you keep off the track and avoid using the bypass created by recreational vehicles. We're planning to fence off the bypass. This area is closed to all recreational vehicle users.
Pay attention to the new signs which highlight the risk of dying trees along the coastal boundary. The risk of falling trees can climb during periods of high wind or rain.
The forest has a network of unsealed roads, walking tracks, and trails. The Waiuku Forest map shows the locked gate entrances, roads and parking, horse and walking trails, and fishing and picnic areas. There is no public access to the areas used for mining and forestry operations.