Year 4-8 resources

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has created these online resources to assist teachers and students in exploring the theme of responsible use of the outdoors. It also introduces schools to the work of the Commission, and the Outdoor Access Code.

Students can use the outdoor education resources on this site to learn about responsible access to the outdoors and explore the perspectives of others. Teachers can use the teacher resources to create lesson plans and support education outside the classroom (EOTC) activities.

While this resource is targeted at years 4–8, teachers may wish to use the site with younger or older students. Separate resources have been developed to support use of the site with teachers of students in years 1-3.

A Hunt with Dad YouTube

A hunt with dad

Jake is really excited about going on a hunting trip with his dad. But first, he needs to learn how to stay safe while hunting. What should Jake and his dad do before they head into the bush?

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Day Walk in the Outdoors YouTube

Day walk in the outdoors

Lily and her family are out enjoying a hike on a beautiful day... until they suddenly spot dark clouds in the distance. Do they turn around, or brave the weather and keep on walking?

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Fruitful Discussions YouTube

Fruitful discussions

Find out why orchard owners might not want people walking through their land.

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Know Where to Go YouTube

Know where to go

Learn how you can find great outdoor tracks and bird-watching spots in your neighbourhood with the Walking Access Mapping System.

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Mahi Tahi YouTube

Mahi tahi

What do New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s regional field advisors do?

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Overnight in the Bush YouTube

Overnight in the bush

Alice and her family have found the perfect camping spot and they're having a great time... until it starts to rain, hard. Should they try and cross?

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Public Land YouTube

Public land

What's the story with unformed legal roads?

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Sparking Debate YouTube

Sparking debate

Find out why a landowner might restrict people from lighting open fires on their land.

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The Beach YouTube

The beach

Learn all about the ‘Queen’s Chain’ – the network of public reserve land alongside many of New Zealand's waterways, and along much of our coast.

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Treading Softly YouTube

Treading softly

Some parts of Aotearoa New Zealand have a special spiritual and cultural significance for our community.

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Unleashed YouTube


Sometimes there are special circumstances that lead to landowners limiting access to their land.

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Me Mohio Koe Ki Whea Haere Ai YouTube

Me Mōhio Koe Ki Whea Haere Ai

Ka pēhea e āwhina ai te Pūnaha Whakamahere Ara Hīkoi i a Awatea rāua ko Kui ki te whakatau i tēnei take tomonga?

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2012 Both Sides of the Fence launch Maddie yr5

Teachers' starter guide

This online resource helps teachers and students to explore the theme of responsible use of the outdoors and the value of access to the Kiwi way of life.

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