Access Information

New Zealand Outdoor Access Code

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Published June 2010

The New Zealand Outdoor Access Code provides helpful information about responsible behaviour in the outdoors. It is practical and informative and aims to raise public awareness of access rights and responsibilities. Brochures and posters summarising the Code can be found here.

Guidelines for the Management of Unformed Legal Roads

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Published February 2011

Best practice' guidelines document for local authorities and interested parties on the administration of unformed legal roads. The Commission has liaised with a range of organisations and individuals to produce this document. Future editions will take into account experience from other organisations with a role in this area.

The Country and Outdoor Recreation Calendar

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Published October 2012

A downloadable calendar showing common New Zealand farming, fishing and hunting seasons. The calendar has been jointly created by the Commission, Fish & Game New Zealand and Federated Farmers New Zealand. Seasons shown include calving, lambing, freshwater fishing, game bird hunting and whitebaiting, among others.

Health and safety responsibilities of farmers to recreational visitors (FAQ)

Health and safety responsibilities of farmers to recreational visitors (FAQ)

Published July 2016

Helpful information on farmers' health and safety responsibilities to recreational visitors.

Walkways (FAQ)

Walkways (FAQ)

Published July 2016

New Zealand offers an abundance of walking tracks providing opportunities for access to the great outdoors. These tracks fall into many categories, and can traverse both public and private land.

This FAQ focuses specifically on walkways that have been formally established and gazetted under the Walking Access Act 2008 or New Zealand Walkways Act 1990.

Overseas Investment Act 2005 public access benefits (factsheet)

Overseas Investment Act 2005 public access benefits (factsheet)

Published December 2014

This is a guide to the statutory provisions, processes and criteria used by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission when addressing walking access benefits that may be offered by intended overseas purchasers of sensitive land.

We have also produced a version in Simplified Chinese.

Resolving disputes over access (FAQ)

Resolving disputes over access (FAQ)

Published July 2016

Helpful information about the Commission's facilitative approach to dispute resolution.

Walking Access Mapping System (FAQ)

Walking Access Mapping System (FAQ)

Published July 2016

Helpful information about the Commission's online Walking Access Mapping System (www.wams.org.nz).

Walking Access in the Outdoors (FAQ)

Walking Access in the Outdoors (FAQ)

Published July 2016

Helpful information about walking access in the outdoors.

Access for landholders (FAQ)

Access for landholders (FAQ)

Published July 2016

Helpful information about access, for landholders.

Walking access and Māori land (FAQ)

Walking access and Māori land (FAQ)

Published July 2016

Helpful information about walking access and Māori land.

Unformed legal roads (FAQ)

Unformed legal roads (FAQ)

Published July 2016

Helpful information about rights and responsibilities on unformed legal roads.

Access along rivers, lakes and the coast (FAQ)

Access along rivers, lakes and the coast (FAQ)

Published July 2016

Helpful information about access along rivers, lakes and the coast.

Protecting and enhancing public access to the coast

Published July 2012

This chapter of the Coastal Guide provides an overview of public access to the coast and interprets how councils can best use the Resource Management Act 1991 and the NZ Coastal Policy Statement 2010 to protect and improve public access to the coast. It was written and produced by the Environmental Defence Society with funding support from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission.

New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement

New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement

Published December 2010

The Minister of Conservation is responsible for preparing the NZ Coastal Policy Statement. The first NZ Coastal Policy Statement was issued in 1994 and a new statement was took effect from December 2010.