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

School children to nominate their Top Outdoor Spot

School children to nominate their Top Outdoor Spot

31 Jan 2018
School children across New Zealand are photographing, drawing and describing their favourite places as part of a national competition celebrating enjoyment of the great outdoors.The Top Outdoor Spot competition began today on the Walking Access Commission’s Both Sides of the Fence education website.The website provides resources for teachers to use with their students to promote responsible behaviour in the outdoors."It’s always great to see the wonderful drawings, photos and poems that students write about their favourite outdoor spots," said Eric Pyle, Chief Executive of the Walking Access Commission."New Zealand is lucky to have so many beautiful places we can go, from beaches to rivers, from mountains to forests, and seeing them through children’s eyes brings a new sense of wonder.

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