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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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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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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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.

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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.

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