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Looking after yourself and the forest

Looking after yourself and the forest

Updated 28 November 2017 3:22pm

Only experienced back country users should enter the area as there are few formed tracks or marked routes. For your safety and to prevent unnecessary searches please:

  • Take a topographic map (NZMS 260 Sheet S26) and compass
  • Be prepared for sudden weather changes and for strong winds on the hill-tops. Always carry enough warm clothes and rainwear for cold conditions
  • Check weather forecasts on Metservice before leaving and take ample high energy food for your trip
  • Do not attempt to cross flooded streams. Be prepared to wait if conditions become dangerous
  • Let someone know your intended route, party size and return time. Always contact this person on your return

Caring for the water supply

To preserve the forest and protect our water supply from contamination and infectious diseases, please do not enter the catchment if you have had diarrhoea in the past two weeks.

  • Keep out of the area between Hutt Forks and the Kaitoke weir
  • Keep rivers and streams clean. Bury toilet waste in a shallow hole well away from watercourses
  • Light no fires. Take care with portable stoves, matches and cigarettes
  • Remove rubbish. Carry out what you carry in
  • Hunting is by permit only in the Water Collection Area. Contact GW's Upper Hutt office, to obtain a 6 month hunting permit
  • Foot access only. No motor vehicles, trail bikes or mountain bikes are allowed in the Water Collection Area
  • No camping. Complete your trip into or through the catchment in one day
  • Do not damage or remove plants. Do not disturb vegetation research plots and markers