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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What is a marginal strip?

Published Jul 10, 2018, 12:02 PM

Marginal strips are strips of land adjoining the coast, lakes larger than eight hectares in area, and rivers greater than three metres in width.

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Are river beds public land?

Published Jul 10, 2018, 12:17 PM

Riverbeds can be a useful form of access where water margin access is not available or not practicably usable.

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.

Grays River

The effects of erosion and accretion

Published Jul 17, 2018, 3:26 PM

The effect of erosion and accretion on public access along water margins can be quite complicated and require expert advice.

2011 John Aspinall MUST CREDIT OTAGO DAILY TIMES

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.

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