We’re proud to be part of our local community. It’s important to us to support local initiatives and groups in Otago. Here are some of the ways we’re doing that.

Research and Education

The New Zealand Falcon Research Project

We are co-funding a three-year research programme (together with City Forests, the Otago Regional Council and others) to investigate breeding success of Karearea in plantation forests.

Read the latest news on the falcons here.

Native Galaxlids

We have commissioned aquatic scientist, Dr Richard Allibone, to survey populations of galaxids (native freshwater fish) in our forests. His work will be used to plan – and minimise the impacts of – our future operations.

Other Research

Our forests have attracted many researchers wanting to know more about the species that live in this environment. Wenita is pleased to work with organisations interested in carrying out research in areas that support our goals for safety, sustainability and efficiency.

Environmental Education

Our forests are fascinating environments for learners of all ages – whether they are visiting on a school trip or for their post-graduate research projects. University students are regularly employed to gather forest inventory information or for special one-off projects such as stream monitoring and flora and fauna surveys.

Recreation and Sport

Otago Youth Adventure Trust

Wenita is pleased to have Berwick Lodge in our Berwick Forest. This lodge provides accommodation and a wide range of outdoor activities. Many groups of adults and children have used the lodge and enjoyed the confidence course, tramping and kayaking.

NZ Rally Championships

Every second year local and international competitors look forward to testing themselves on challenging stages through Wenita’s forests.


Hunting is the most popular recreational activity in our forests. Pigs, deer, goats,┬ápossums and rabbits are all hunted. Hunters must be registered with us before they can book access and we currently have a waiting list of hunters wanting to register. See ‘Use of the Forest’ page for more details.

Other Activities

Our forests are enjoyed by mountain bikers, horse riders, walkers, picnickers and bird watchers, who also require an access permit. See our ‘Use of the Forest’ page for more details.