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Being responsible

The Outdoor Access Code identifies eleven areas of responsibility and outlines actions for each one. It covers respecting other people’s interests and caring for the environment.

  1. Caring for the environment
  2. Staying safe
  3. Respecting farms
  4. Respecting forests
  5. Tikanga Māori and Māori relationships with land
  6. Fires
  7. Dogs
  8. Fishing and hunting
  9. Motor vehicles
  10. Mountain biking
  11. Horses

Most of the time, appropriate behaviour is common sense. This code provides information so that everyone can make informed decisions. This will help to avoid damage such as breaking a fence or disturbing stock, causing interference such as blocking a gate with a vehicle, or recklessly disturbing birds or other wildlife.

Being aware of other people and making room for them can help avoid conflicts between different outdoor pursuits, for example, walking, mountain biking and horse riding on the same track or fishing and boating in the same reach of a river.

Existing laws and by-laws cover many aspects of poor conduct, such as littering, vandalism and excessive noise. Landholders or access users who face serious or persistent anti-social behaviour should contact the Police or their local authority for advice.

Your obligations   

  • Take responsibility for your actions
  • Follow any reasonable advice offered
  • Consider and respect other people
  • Care for the environment
  • Seek permission for access to private or Māori land
  • Learn and respect tikanga Māori
  • Know how to plan a safe trip
  • Be aware of natural hazards and weather
  • Get permits for hunting and fishing