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Recreational access to our lakes, beaches, rivers and mountains is an important part of what it is to be a New Zealander. The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is the Crown entity that works to enhance free, certain, enduring, and practical walking access to the outdoors for New Zealanders and overseas visitors. The Commission has a team in Wellington and a network of regional field advisors. The Commission's legislation is the Walking Access Act 2008.


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01/04/2015 5:49pm
A new walking trail is available for walkers to enjoy on Northland’s Bream Bay coast, thanks to an $8,000 grant from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund. The...
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01/04/2015 5:47pm
A photo of an iconic New Zealand river, a drawing of an idyllic Kiwi beach, and a poem about a family trip to the farm – just some of the entries in the running to win prizes in the Top Ou...
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01/04/2015 5:47pm
Have you used the online Walking Access Mapping System (WAMS) in the past six months? If so, the Commission is seeking your feedback via our short online WAMS User Survey. This survey asks ...
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