Access Permits

Access permits into Lake Taupō Forest are available for recreational purposes. To date, the main reasons permits are being obtained are for pig hunting, deer hunting, fishing and food gathering.

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Those eligible to be issued a permit are:

  • Current owners in Lake Taupō Forest Trust lands (Trust blocks)
  • The children and grandchildren of an owner
  • The spouse of a current owner

Eligible persons must first register with us to be entered on the ‘permit database’ – this entails providing relevant information about you and also requires a visit to the Lake Taupō Trust office, 81 Town Centre, Tūrangi 3334.

Download an application form here

Once you have registered on to the ‘permit database’ you may obtain a permit from either one of the following sites:

  • Lake Taupō Forest Trust office, 81 Town Centre, Tūrangi (get directions)
    Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • NZ Forest Managers’ office, Atirau Road, Tūrangi (get directions)
    Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board, 81 Horomatangi Street, Taupō (get directions)
    Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm

From 1 December 2017, Lake Taupō Forest Trust permits will be allocated for a 4-week period. A key is required to get into the forest and these can be obtained from the NZ Forest Managers’ office, Atirau Road, Tūrangi. Firewood is permitted from the designated woodsite on Kiko Road, extraction of firewood from any other area is prohibited.


Whaia te iti kahurangi ki tona tauranga, kia pupu ake ai ko nga painga katoa, ki a ratou e whaipainga ana ki tenei ngahere.

Pursue the items of value to their destination,so that benefits arise,
for the beneficiaries of this forest.

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