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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you want to find out more about your rights and obligations when accessing the outdoors? Are you looking for information about unformed legal roads or the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s process when facilitating resolutions to access disputes?

The Commission has prepared these FAQ documents to help you answer many of the most frequently asked questions.

Walking Access in the Outdoors

Want to find out about rights and responsibilities when accessing the outdoors? Would you like more information about Crown-owned land, unformed legal roads, marginal str...

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Access for Landholders

Landholders have rights and responsibilities relating to publicly-accessible land. Do they have any powers to stop anyone using this land? What if they have stock on the ...

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Walking Access Mapping System

The Commission’s Walking Access Mapping System is a wonderful land identification tool for many reasons. Find out more about how you or your organisation can make the mos...

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Unformed Legal Roads

People are often unsure about the legal status of unformed legal roads, colloquially known as paper roads. This FAQ answers common questions about unformed legal roads an...

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Walking access and Māori land

Do you want to know if there are different access rights for Māori land? Are you wanting to know if you can access wāhi tapu, a sacred place, on private land? This FAQ an...

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Resolving disputes over access

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission can help facilitate resolutions when there is a dispute between two or more parties over access to the outdoors. The Commission ...

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Roadways over Māori land

Want to find out about roadways over Māori land? Would you like more information about how they are created, who is responsible for them and the differences for public ac...

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Access along rivers, lakes and the coast

What is the Queen’s Chain and what happens when erosion, accretion or water movement affect public access? What are the access rights relating to the foreshore? This FAQ ...

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Overseas Investment Act Applications (English)

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 ...

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Overseas Investment Act Applications (Chinese)

The following is a Simplified Chinese guide to the statutory provisions, processes and criteria used by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission when addressing walking ...

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Walkways

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 ...

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Health and safety responsibilities of farmers to recreational visitors

Need advice on your health and safety responsibilities to people seeking recreational access across your farm? This FAQ answers common questions relating to farmers' resp...

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