- Unformed Legal Roads
- Types of legal public access
- Overseas Investment Act
- Walking on Crown-owned land
- Cyclists and mountain bikers
- Resolving disputes over access
- The Country and Outdoor Recreation Calendar
- Walking over private land to get to public land
- Can a landholder stop me using an unformed legal road?
- Forms of legal access across private land
- Motor vehicle on walking tracks
- Types of walkways
- Bikes, dogs and horses on walkways
- Greenways, property developers and the use of incentives
- What a wellbeing framework means for access to the outdoors
- Landholders can refuse the right to walk over land
- Downloadable GPX files make accessing hidden spots easier
- Shared pathways
- The Outdoor Access Code
- Asking nicely
- Carrying a gun
- Horse riding responsibly
- Mountain biking responsibly
- Caring for the environment
- Being responsible with fire in the outdoors
- Four-wheel driving responsibly
- Kauri dieback, myrtle rust and more
- Mycoplasma Bovis - information for people crossing farms
- Health and safety
- Māori land
- Funding and awards
- Rivers, lakes and coast
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Esplanade reserves, esplanade strips and access strips
These are different legal mechanisms involving access, but there may be restrictions on their use. Check with the relevant territorial authority.
- Esplanade reserves are strips of land adjoining a water margin. They are usually created when land is subdivided and are generally 20 metres wide.
- Esplanade strips are a form of an easement over water margin land. They may be created when land is subdivided as an alternative to esplanade reserves and are generally 20 metres wide. Esplanade strips remain in a landholder’s title and move with the water margin.
- Councils may also acquire access strips by a negotiated agreement with a landholder. The cost of reaching such an agreement is a constraint on councils pursuing this option. Some councils prioritise their access needs and, in these cases, may pay compensation.
Page last updated: Jul 27, 2022, 10:04 AM