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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Asking Nicely YouTube

Asking nicely

Published Jun 21, 2018, 12:02 PM

Find out why you should always ask permission before wandering onto private land – and the right and wrong ways to go about it.

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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 Country and Outdoor Recreation Calendar

Published Feb 20, 2018, 9:33 PM

A downloadable calendar showing common farming, fishing and hunting seasons. The calendar has been jointly created by the Commission, Fish & Game and Federated Farmers.

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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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Can I take my dog?

Published Jul 10, 2018, 1:17 PM

The right to walk with a dog, including hunting dogs, depends on the existing rights that run with access.

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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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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?

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