Find out about vehicle access to Harrison's Bight.

Season dates

  • The track opens on 4 November 2023 and online applications are available.
  • The track closes on 6 May 2024.

How to apply for access

Apply online

Conditions of use

  1. Vehicle usage is seasonal.
  2. Vehicle owners will require permits to use the track and that permit holders comply with the permit conditions.
  3. Permit holders must read the conditions and disclaimer regarding usage expectations, prior to permit issue.
  4. Track may be closed (temporarily or permanently) at any time that:
    a) breaches of the permit conditions become unacceptable; or
    b) unseasonal weather conditions affect the site. Unseasonal weather conditions could include extreme fire danger or wet ground.
  5. Permits will only be issued to owners of vehicles that are legally registered and, therefore, display registration plates. Vehicles that can access the track:
    • 4WD vehicles
    • Motorbikes
    • ATVs (all terrain vehicles)

Unplanned closure

DOC may close the track at any time during the open season for reasons including:

  • high fire risk conditions
  • extended wet periods
  • unacceptable damage to the facilities, biodiversity values, or social conflicts.

Location map

Lake Heron (PDF, 370K)


For fishing licences contact:

Central South Island Fish & Game Office
Phone: +64 3 615 8400

For questions about permits contact:

DOC Customer Service Centre
Phone 0800 275 362
Address DOC offices
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