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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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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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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