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.

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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.

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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.

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Enhanced Access Grants

Published Jul 13, 2018, 1:42 PM

The Commission administers a contestable fund to support projects that enhance access to the outdoors. This fund is known as the Enhanced Access Fund.

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Outdoor Access Champion Awards

Published Aug 10, 2018, 11:29 AM

The Outdoor Access Champion awards recognise those who have made significant and lasting contributions to public access to the outdoors in New Zealand.

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Mountain biking and access in the outdoors

Published Aug 17, 2018, 3:17 PM

We are lucky to have access to tracks close to our cities and towns and wide bike-able open spaces. But we have to remember that we are sharing these with others.

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Signage Project

Published Sep 3, 2018, 10:09 AM

We are working with Federated Farmers and Rural Women NZ to provide signage for landholders to use to mark agreeable and voluntarily granted access routes.

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Resolving disputes over access

Published Sep 5, 2018, 1:12 PM

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission can help facilitate resolutions when there is a dispute between two or more parties over access to the outdoors.

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