Road Closures

Hori Bay Road is temporarily closed until further notice due to storm damage causing unsafe road conditions.

Mt Duppa (Hippolite Road) is closed until further notice due to logging operations.

Information on other public easement roads through Nelson Forests Ltd land to the Conservation Estate is available on the Department of Conservation website   OR from the DOC hotline – 0800 362 468.

Public Hunting

Hunting season for 2017 is planned from 14th April to 24th September.
NOTE: Due to crews working on 22nd April 2017 ALL forests will be closed for the day for hunting and access in both Nelson and Marlborough.

Applications available from BG Security or refer below Permits.


You will need a permit for any access to the forest. You can apply for a permit HERE

Please send this application along with the payment to the following address:

BG Security Ltd

PO Box 2243, Stoke


Ph 03 543 8746


For those Nelson Management Employees, Contractors and members of the Public with current access permits please remember to take care in the forest and always abide by your permit conditions.

What you can do in the forest 

For many individuals and groups the forest provides a perfect place for their recreational activities.  Most of the activities take place in the forest during the winter months, April to September and an access permit is required.

Here’s just some of the activity  in the forests


– Motorsport – rally, off road and hill climb events

– Tramping and walking

– Hunting

– Horse riding

– Motorbike challenges

– Possum trapping

– Fishing

– Army exercises

– Mountain biking