Responsible access urged

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission urges Kiwis to respect other people's property and the environment when accessing the outdoors this holiday season.

Commission Chief Executive Mark Neeson said free access to beaches, lakes, rivers and mountains was a wonderful part of New Zealand's culture, and it was important that people were aware of how to behave responsibly.

“Tens of thousands of New Zealanders will be out and about in the great outdoors this festive season to soak up the summer weather and enjoy recreational activities with family and friends,â€