Trail groups

The commission supports groups that create public access to the outdoors, and build or maintain tracks and trails. Below is some of the support we can offer. For more advice or support contact your regional field advisor.

Governors Bay

Policies and procedures

Resources, templates and policies to help tracks and trails groups with governance, health and safety, risk management, finances, employment, volunteers and charitable status.

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National network of track building groups

The Walking Access Commission facilities a nationwide network of track building groups and trusts. The network meets via video conferencing 4 times per year.

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Construction and maintenance

Here are resources DOC uses for track construction and maintenance.

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Enhanced Access Grants

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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Outdoor Access Champion Awards

The Outdoor Access Champion awards recognise those who have made significant and lasting contributions to public access to the outdoors in New Zealand.

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One Tree Hill

Protecting archaeological heritage

The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act makes it unlawful for any person to modify or destroy any part of an archaeological site without prior authority.

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Naming tracks with care

It is important when your trail building group names a new track that it accounts for the history, geography and culture of the area.

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