Does Māori land have access provisions?

Generally, unalienated Māori land does not have public access provisions. It is governed under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, and there are not unformed legal roads or other such mechanisms in that land. It will be owned to the foreshore, and in some cases, through to the seabed.

However, land granted through Treaty of Waitangi settlements is general land, and it may well have access provisions as part of that settlement.

The Commission does not distinguish between land owned under general title or Māori land – it is all considered private ownership. Thus, permission should be sought from the owners to access that land.