The New Zealand Walking Access Commission

Our vision: Journeys across the land and to our special places | Te mauri o te hīkoi

We build a legacy of public access to the outdoors for everyone in New Zealand. Communities work with us to create and care for tracks and trails. We resolve disputes about outdoor access. Our focus is the land and the people who live, work and play on it - walkers, mountain bikers, anglers, horse riders, landholders, runners and beyond.

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Outdoor pathways improve people’s mental wellbeing

“We are increasingly coming to understand that mental wellbeing is strongly shaped by social and physical environments” says a recent report from Waka Kotahi around the relationship between transport and mental health....

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Answers to questions about access to the outdoors

Information about accessing the outdoors responsibly - including roads and walkways, rivers and lakes, and private land.

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Use a map to find legal public access across New Zealand

Our maps will help you find legal public access, hunting and fishing spots, tracks, trails, and property information.

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Read our latest news

Media releases, articles, news and views from across the Walking Access Commission.

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