About us

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

We are working with communities to create and tend to tracks and trails, resolve disputes and care for our land and the people who live, work and play on it. 

We are building a legacy of public access to the outdoors for everyone in New Zealand, from walkers to mountain bikers, anglers to horse riders, landholders to trail runners and beyond.

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa provides leadership on outdoor access issues and administers a national strategy on outdoor access, including tracks and trails. It maps outdoor access, provides information to the public, oversees a code of responsible conduct, helps to resolve disputes and negotiates new access.

The Commission has a small team in Wellington and a network of regional field advisors. It is governed by an independent board.

For more information about the functions of the Commission please consult the Walking Access Act 2008.