THE SITE - WOODHILL FOREST
TE NGAHERE O WOODHILL
Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki Te Ngahere O Woodhill
The extensive area now known as Woodhill Forest is an important part of the cultural landscape of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara. Many ancestral names (like Te Keti, Kuwakatai, Waionui, Korekore and Ōkiritoto) were used for different areas and features, but the land became generally known as Woodhill when it passed into Crown ownership to be developed as forest.
Today, the land under the forest is privately owned and managed by Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara after a 2013 Treaty of Waitangi settlement.
Public access is still permitted in designated areas of the forest for a wide range of recreational activities including; horse-riding, mountain biking, tree climbing, paintball, 4 wheel driving and off-road motorcycling.
Adding to the uniqueness of the festival, the event is being staged in partnership with local iwi Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara.
“We’re very excited to host our first ever Music Festival in Te Ngahere o Woodhill. Having a global artist like Underworld perform in our forest is truly special. We are looking forward to welcoming all the artists and music lovers onto our treasured land.”