The Outdoor Access Code
The Outdoor Access Code is a Herenga ā Nuku publication, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of recreational users and landholders.
Crossing private land
You must get permission from the landholder to cross private land. There's no 'right to roam' in New Zealand.
Carrying a gun
Carrying and using firearms is subject to the Arms Act 1983. Some of the relevant provisions in that Act are in the following sections.
The right to walk with a dog, including hunting dogs, depends on the existing rights that run with access.
Horse riding responsibly
“I love nothing better than to be trotting along a verdant river valley or galloping along a vast stretch of beach. Me and my horse and the outdoors.”
Mountain biking responsibly
We are lucky to have access to tracks close to our cities and towns and wide bike-able open spaces. But we have to remember that we are sharing these with others.
Caring for the environment
Our environment is an asset and needs to be treated with care. The Outdoor Access Code supports the “Leave No Trace environmental care code”
Being responsible with fire in the outdoors
Fires are easy to start, but hard and costly to put out. So it is critical that people take simple precautions to avoid endangering life and property.
Four-wheel driving responsibly
Exploring some of New Zealand’s rarely travelled public and private roads by four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle is an exhilirating experience.
Bikes, dogs and horses on walkways
Unless there has been special agreement with the landowner or public land administrator bikes, dogs or horses may not be taken on a walkway.
Motor vehicle on walking tracks
Generally, you cannot use motor vehicles on tracks. Even where vehicle access is allowed, such as on an unformed legal road, it is polite to inform the landholder.
Kauri dieback, myrtle rust and more – what you need to know
We have a responsibility to avoid spreading disease, pests and weeds. Through responsible behaviour, we can help keep our wildlife, plants and our livestock safe.
If you're crossing a farm you need to be aware of Mycoplasma Bovis. It does not pose any risk to you, but you can take some simple steps to stop it spreading.