Safety first in the forest

Whether it is a week long tramp, day-time short walk or mountain bike ride in the forest – always be safety conscious.

The sunny day you start out in can change quickly so always be prepared.   Rivers can rise  unexpectedly, making crossings dangerous.

  • Carry warm weatherproof clothing, wear appropriate footwear and always notify someone of your plan … intended duration of walk or ride  and the time you expect to return.
  • The local Department of Conservation office can be informed of your plans.
  • Take note of any signs warning of poison and other Department of Conservation signs.  Do not interfere with traps and bait stations that are put out to protect the native birds.
  • Don’t take your dog into National Parks and keep it under control where dogs are allowed.
  • Always check the local weather forecast and fire conditions before you set off. As there is no internet connection at The Old Mill House, your hosts can give you an updated weather report.
  • Always take your rubbish home with you!


Here is a link to the Department of Conservation advice regarding walking and tramping.