Outdoor Access Code
The New Zealand Outdoor Access Code provides helpful information about responsible behaviour in the outdoors. It is practical and informative and aims to raise public awareness of access rights and responsibilities.
IntroductionAccess to New Zealand’s outdoors is part of who we are, part of our nation’s heritage and culture. Enjoyment of our beaches, rivers, and mountains is seen as a birthright.
Background to the CodeThe Code provides guidance on appropriate behaviour in the outdoors and on the access rights and responsibilities of access users, landholders and land managers.
Access rights and privilegesLegal public access to the outdoors is covered by a variety of statutes. It is difficult to ascertain where there is public access and where there is private land with no access.
Being responsibleIt is important that those enjoying the outdoors understand what is meant by reasonable
and responsible behaviour.