Good Things to Know

Want to know about asking for permission to access the outdoors, or the rules on campfires? Need helpful hints on accessing the outdoors with mountain bikes, four wheel drive vehicles or horses? The following video and one-pagers are a good place to start.

Kia ora. Meet Joe and Pat who have some suggestions if you are planning to explore a part of New Zealand that involves private land.

 

Asking for Permission to Access the Outdoors

Unsure how to ask landowners for access across their property? Check out these tips to make it easier.

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Being Responsible with Fire in the Outdoors

Around the campfire: advice on lighting fires in forests, parks and rural areas. 

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Mountain Biking and Access to the Outdoors

Riding responsibly: tips on sharing the track, staying safe, and respecting the rules.

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Horse Riding and Access to the Outdoors

Hoofing it: a guide to responsible horse riding on beaches, forests and farmland. 

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Accessing the Outdoors in Four-wheel-drive Vehicles

Making tracks: tips on accessing New Zealand’s rarely travelled roads by 4WD.

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Carrying Firearms in the Outdoors

Straight shooting: know your rights, responsibilities, and the rules of firearm safety.

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Should we be Scared of Cows?

Keeping the peace: a guide to responsible behaviour around stock, courtesy of Wilderness magazine.

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News

Access to our natural heritage celebrated

Access to our natural heritage celebrated

08 Mar 2017
Six of New Zealand’s champions of public access were recognised on Tuesday for their achievements in enhancing public access and offering new opportunities for New Zealanders to experience our great outdoors.The six were presented with awards at a parliamentary ceremony hosted by Associate Minister for Primary Industries Louise Upston.The awards are an annual event organised by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission, and Commission chief executive Eric Pyle said the award winners’ efforts were representative of a growing grassroots movement developing trails and facilitating public access across our country.“Thousands of New Zealanders have taken part in activities over the past year to help improve public access to our outdoors,” Mr Pyle said.

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