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.

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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.

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Can I carry a gun?

Published Jul 10, 2018, 1:03 PM

Carrying and using firearms is subject to the Arms Act 1983. Some of the relevant provisions in that Act are in the following sections.

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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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