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Documents we publish to help stakeholders and the public with outdoor access issues.

adding a public access easment on your land

Adding a public access easement on your land - brochure

Published May 2023

Allowing a legal walkway on your land can be straightforward. It lets people walk or ride safely across your farm, forest or land under conditions you choose.

Download PDF (3.6 MB)

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Guidelines for the Management of Unformed Legal Roads

Published September 2022

Best practice guidelines document for local authorities and interested parties on the administration of unformed legal roads.

Download PDF (1.5 MB)

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Summary of Strategic Regional Projects

Published March 2022

We work closely with local government, iwi partners, central government agencies and community stakeholders to develop long-term regional tracks and trails strategies.

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Health and safety responsibilities of landowners to recreational visitors

Published October 2019

Landowners are not liable for the health and safety of recreationists who use their land, so long as they warn visitors of workplace risks that they wouldn’t normally expect to encounter.

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Rights and Responsibilities Brochure

Outdoor access rights and responsibilities

Published September 2019

Know your access rights and responsibilities: get permission, be responsible for your safety, take care of the environment, and consider others

Download PDF (1.1 MB)

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Walkway Easement Instrument

Published January 2019

Our standard easement form meets our requirements for walkway easements. The form is designed to be consistent with the statutory conditions that apply to easements. (January 2019)

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the country and outdoor recreation calendar

The Country and Outdoor Recreation Calendar

Published October 2012

A downloadable calendar showing common New Zealand farming, fishing and hunting seasons. The calendar has been jointly created by the Commission, Fish & Game New Zealand and Federated Farmers New Zealand. Seasons shown include calving, lambing, freshwater

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New Zealand Outdoor Access Code

Published June 2010

The New Zealand Outdoor Access Code provides helpful information about responsible behaviour in the outdoors. It is practical and informative and aims to raise public awareness of access rights and responsibilities.

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