Knowledge Base

We have information about accessing the outdoors responsibly - including roads and walkways, rivers and lakes, and private land. We also have information on using our GIS maps, creating new access, private land and what to do when there is a dispute.

Use the tags below to narrow down what you're looking for. The Community filters refer to the type of user, and Tag filters to the topic being discussed.

Got a question not answered here?

Please contact us via email or phone and we'll do our best to help

new zealand 1805939 1920

Unformed Legal Roads

Published Feb 20, 2018, 9:32 PM

People are often unsure about the legal status of unformed legal roads, colloquially known as paper roads.

seascape 1239727

The Outdoor Access Code

Published Jul 10, 2018, 10:14 AM

The Outdoor Access Code is a Commission publication, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of recreational users and landholders.

River stones

Roadways over Māori land

Published Sep 5, 2018, 12:44 PM

Want to find out about roadways over Māori land? Like more information about how they are created, who is responsible for them and the differences for public access?

Paekakariki Escarpment Track

Walkways

Published Sep 5, 2018, 1:36 PM

New Zealand offers an abundance of walking tracks providing opportunities for access to the great outdoors. These tracks fall into many categories.

Header logo only

COVID-19 and outdoor recreation

Published May 13, 2020, 1:31 PM

What does COVID-19 mean for the NZ Walking Access Commission, and for public access to the outdoors? We share advice from a range of experts.

Showing all results