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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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.

2013 Kohekohe Loop Track under construction volunteers EAF project

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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J H Aspinall Scholarship

Published Jan 29, 2018, 1:15 AM

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission administers a $5,000 scholarship, which is made available to New Zealand students researching public access to the outdoors and New Zealand’s farming heritage.

Gary Wilton receives award

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.

Paekakariki Escarpment Track

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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