Off-leash | Loop walk or One-way (return via same track, up to you) | Distance: From 2kms | Duration: From 30mins | Difficulty: Easy | Good for hot days

Waiuku Forest is a private forest, managed by Crown Forest. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the countless tracks in the forest. Walkers, runners, bikers, horses and dogs. The forest borders the beach on one side, the Waikato River and farmland on another, as well as an iron sand mine right in its middle.

The forest has two entries. Wilson Road entry has a small parking lot at the entrance that can get quite busy on weekends. But once you enter the forest and follow one of the many tracks off the main gravel path, you only occasionally cross other walkers or riders.

Throughout the whole forest, dogs are allowed to run off-leash. The majority of tracks are sheltered by the trees, meaning it’s a great place for walkies even on the hottest of days.

Please keep in mind the horses, though, so always have your dog under control and a leash at hand, especially if your pooch isn’t used to these big, four-legged friends.

A few things to keep in mind at Waiuku Forest

Keep tabs on your dog: The forest is big and if your furbaby runs off, it can be a while until it shows up again.

Please keep in mind the horses, so always have your dog under control and a leash at hand, especially if your pooch isn’t used to these big, four-legged friends.

Check for car racing events: They only happen a few times per year but if they do, parts of the forest will be closed to anyone but onlookers and cars. Most of the year, Waiuku Forest (especially the Wilson Road entry) is car-free.

Forest opening hours:

7am to 6pm daily (gates will close)

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