Nelson City Council is committed to the sustainable harvesting of our commercial forests. We also recognise the role these forests play in recreation use in our region.

It's now time to harvest some blocks of trees in the Brook, Maitai and Marsden areas.

The harvesting of the Brook blocks was delayed in 2020 to allow commercial recreation businesses that operate either near or within commercial blocks to continue operating after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Phase 1, 2 and 3 of the Brook harvesting has now been completed. Work will now move to the Maitai, which had been delayed in order to build a bridge over the Maitai River to protect our precious water source. This bridge has now been completed.

Harvesting in the Marsden area was brought forward to recover trees blown over in a recent storm, and to repair a major slip.

Maitai Harvest

Following the Brook Harvesting, work will move to the Maitai Valley, harvesting blocks of trees between the dam and Smiths Ford.

The harvesting will go from 27 September through to mid-December.

Tracks that will be closed during this phase of operations include:

  • 629 - Smiths ford Climb
  • E tu
  • Mutleys

A section of the Coppermine Trail will also be closed, and an alternative route will be in place.


Harvested trees will be transported via Maitai Valley Road and Nile Street. As has been discussed with schools, logging trucks will not exceed 30kph when passing schools. Trucks will also not travel past schools during the hours of 8:15 - 9:15 am and 2:45 - 3:45 pm during the school term.



Marsden Harvest

During a recent storm, a large number of trees up the Barnicoat were blown over. There was also a significant slip on the road, which is having an impact on access for recreational users.

The block of trees was scheduled to be harvested in a couple of years, but to avoid losing the windthrown trees, we are bringing the harvesting of this block forward. At the same time, we will be able to work on the slip.

This means we will be closing the area all at once, to minimise the overall impact on users of this area.

From November 2021, crews will be up in this area harvesting trees (preparation work will begin in October depending on contractor availability). This will mean that we will have to close the Barnicoat walkway during this time for the safety of everyone.

Tracks that will be closed during this harvesting include:

  • Piwakawaka
  • Barnicoat walkway/Glider Road

Brook Harvest

Nelson City Council’s contractor PF Olsen has been undertaking a five-month harvesting project in the Brook. This includes pre-harvest engineering work and post-harvest cleanup operation, with the actual harvesting period expected to take approximately three months.

Once the work is complete, all the harvested areas in the Brook will be retired from commercial forestry and replaced with alternative use species.

The harvest will be conducted in three phases and will involve closures of reserves in the Codgers Trails area and the start of the Matai Valley. The harvest is being phased to minimise disruption to reserve users while ensuring their safety and the safety of those working on site.

Phase 1 will commence mid-June (from 24 June 2021) and last for two months*. During this phase, the north side of Codgers near Atmore Reserve down to the Maitai Valley Walkway will be closed, including recreational trails crossing Fireball Road, Top Dog Road and Golf Course Road.

The following trails will be CLOSED:
Turners, Top Dog, Beer Bottle, Lollipop, Take Me To Your Leader, HotBox, DiVAS, Smasher (and Smasher link trail), Fireball Road, Te Ara Kopiko, Golf Course Road and Groom Creek Road.

*The final stages of Phase 1 were disrupted by weather and the August 2021 Level 4 lockdown.

It is expected the Phase 1 area will be able to reopen around the end of September 2021.

PHASE 1 HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

Access is now available to the Phase 1 area of the Brook Harvest, which includes the Maitai Codgers area. This area is Ngāti Koata owned whenua and users must register online prior to accessing the land at https://join.hivepass.co.nz/codgers (registration is not required for Nelson Mountain Bike Club Members).

The Phase 3 area remains close which includes many of the Codgers trails accessed from the Brook, therefore access to the reopened Phase 1 area is only via the Matai climbing trails (including Golf Course Road).

Phase 2 will commence on 28 July and last up to two weeks. This phase will see the Tantragee Reserve closed.

The following trails will be CLOSED:
The Tantragee Walkway and Coppermine Trail (Tantragee to Four Corners).

Fringed Hill Road will be closed during Phase 2.

This phase will affect some residents living below this harvesting, and there will be some temporary traffic control. Affected residents will be contacted directly.

The Exclusion Zone will be in place until Tuesday 3 August.

Planting of the area (with native trees) finished at the end of August.

PHASE 2 HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

Phase 3 will commence when Nelson moves out of Level 4 lockdown and will last four to six weeks. This phase will see the closure of the majority of trails in Codgers recreation area, up to the Tantragee Saddle and down into the Maitai Valley.

The following trails will be CLOSED:

  • Te Ara Kopiko
  • Groom Creek Road
  • Maitai Valley Walk (Tantragee to Maitai Walkway)
  • Jacks Track (Upper and Lower)
  • Middle Road
  • Fireball Road from Tantragee to Smasher
  • Turners (remains closed for Phases 1 & 3)
  • Firball Climb
  • Waynes Passage
  • Firball (to Firball Dropout)
  • Koata Whetu
  • P51 (to Crazy Horse/Lower Firball junction)
  • Whaneke
  • Viral Flow
  • IV Line
  • HulknHogan

Contractors are hoping to have the Phase 3 area reopened early October (estimated around 8 October).

Ngāti Koata land from the Maitai Motor Camp via Groom Creek to Tantragee Saddle will be closed during all phases of the harvest, including recreational trails crossing Groom Creek Road and Fireball Road.

PHASE 3 HAS BEEN COMPLETED.


Harvested trees will be transported via Maitai Valley Road and Nile Street. As has been discussed with schools, logging trucks will not exceed 30kph when passing schools. Trucks will also not travel past schools during the hours of 8:15 - 9:15 am and 2:45 - 3:45 pm during the school term.