Road Closures

VALLEY ROAD from the KERR HILL ROAD intersection to 300 metres before the Golf Course – GOLDEN DOWNS :  will be closed to the public from 8:00am to 5:00pm Saturday 06 October for the 1/4 mile sprint Event.

OLIVERS ROAD – GOLDEN DOWNS:  Access to Coronation Forest closed due to active Forestry operations.  No public access until further notice.

HORI BAY RD – RAI FOREST: At his stage the road down to Hori Bay (i.e. the ex-DOC section) is too dangerous for vehicles without substantial work being carried out and for this reason it is likely to remain closed for the foreseeable future.

HIPPOLITE RD – RAI FOREST: Access to Mt Duppa is closed until further notice due to logging operations.

PIGEON VALLEY RD & DOVEDALE RD – GOLDEN DOWNS : Nelson Car club will be holding an the Pigeon Valley Rally on Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 8am until 5pm.

Information on other public easement roads through Nelson Forests Ltd land to the Conservation Estate is available on the Department of Conservation website  

Public Hunting

Hunting season for 2019 is planned from 13th April to 29th September.
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