Our work

Find out about the diverse work the commission does, from its large strategic projects to its day-to-day support for people who access the outdoors.

Riuwaka river map

Maps and public information

Our Walking Access Mapping System (WAMS) is a series of interactive maps that show New Zealanders exactly where they have public access in the outdoors.

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Resolving disputes

The Commission helps facilitate resolutions when there is a dispute between two or more parties over outdoor access. We have a formal disputes resolution process.

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Pauanui Tairua stage 2 construction

Enhanced Access Grants

We administer a contestable grants scheme to support projects aimed at enhancing access to New Zealand's great outdoors.

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Lake Hawea

The Overseas Investment Act

One of our interesting jobs is to look at applications by overseas investors to buy sensitive land. Our role is to consider if there are any access opportunities.

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Regional Trail Strategy Development

The commission works closely with local government, iwi partners and community stakeholders to support the development of long-term tracks and trails strategies.

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all heading upstream Havelock River

Strategic Narrative 2021-2025

Trails connect us to this land of ancestors, to te taiao, and our unique natural world, to our stories and our heritage
to active lifestyles, health and wellbeing, and to each other.

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