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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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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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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Access along rivers, lakes and the coast

Published Sep 5, 2018, 1:23 PM

What is the Queen’s Chain and what happens when erosion, accretion or water movement affect public access? What are the access rights relating to the foreshore?

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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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