COVID-19 update

Hi forest lovers,

Access to the Redwoods, Whakarewarewa forest is currently open to the public for walking and biking but we want to encourage people to take this situation seriously and not put themselves or others at risk. Everyone needs to work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

We are continuing to monitor the situation with our partners including the owners of the forest. We expect the public to act responsibly, including being mindful of other users, and follow Government instructions. We want the forest and other green spaces to continue to be a space where people can safely exercise while Alert Level 4 is in place.

Activity that’s not necessary, including driving, puts others at risk, including emergency services staff if you have an accident or injure yourself. The last thing we need to do is add pressure on our essential services.

We are taking an encourage and educate approach while people get used to being in isolation. However, people who choose to consistently ignore the rules that are in place to keep the community safe, will be referred to the Police who have the power to enforce Alert Level 4 restrictions.

What people need to know if they want to use the forest and other reserves:

• Vehicle access points to the forest are closed as are public toilets
• If you want to access the forest for exercise, please do so by foot or bike – do not drive to the forest
• Do not meet up with others – stay in your bubble
• Stick to areas where you are able to easily stay 2m from anyone you may come across
• Be mindful of other users in public spaces
• Ride and exercise safely and within your ability
• Tell someone where you are going and take your mobile phone. Do not put yourself in a situation where you could be injured and require emergency help.

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