COVID-19 update

Hi forest lovers,

With our country now on COVID-19 Level 4 and on lock down there is a few things around forest use everyone needs to bear in mind before they consider heading out.

The forest continues to remain open for recreational use as we recognise the forest as a location that supports our community’s mental health and wellbeing. But as you know things aren’t “normal” at the moment so you need to be aware of a few things.

While the forest is still open the Waipa MTB carpark and Long Mile Road access will be closed from tonight. The Visitor Centre and toilet facilities will also be closed, including those at Tikitapu Reserve. This is to discourage people gathering at these locations or using shared facilities. Security patrols will still be happening in these areas.

The tracks in the forest aren’t being maintained to the same standard during this time with the Rotorua Trails Trust also in lock-down. Please walk, run or ride conservatively to avoid any accidents and if you do come to the forest report any issues like tree fall etc on Trailforks . Before heading out have a look at Trailforks to see if there’s any reported issues where you are going. Be prepared for individual trails to be closed and the status of the forest to change should this be required.

In the event of an emergency please follow the standard procedures of contacting the Forest First Response Unit 0800whaka1 and/or calling 111.

Remember everyone needs to be following the Ministry of Health guidelines during the next 4 weeks. Keep it local and close to home; get out for a walk, bike or run and then go home, remeber the toilets are closed! Keep your 2m distance. No meetups, korero, or food stops along the way. Remember to tell someone where you are going and take your phone with you. Thoroughly wash hands on returning home.

These are exceptional times so please look after yourself and look after others by keeping your distance.

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