New Zealand Environmental Code

Remember

Protect the environment for your own sake, for the sake of those who come after you, and for the environment itself.

“The land is the property of a great family, some of whom are living, a few of whom are dead, most of whom are yet to come”.

10 Point Checklist

  • Protect Plants and Animals
    Treat New Zealand’s forest and birds with care and respect. They are unique and often rare.
  • Remove Rubbish
    Litter is unattractive, harmful to wildlife and can increase vermin and disease. Plan your visits to reduce rubbish, and carry out what you carry in.
  • Bury Toilet Waste
    In areas without toilet facilities, bury your toilet waste in a shallow hole well away from waterways, tracks, campsites and huts.
  • Keep Streams and Lakes Clean
    When cleaning and washing, take the water and wash well away from the water source. Because soaps and detergents are harmful to water-life, drain used water into the soil to allow it to be filtered. If you suspect the water may be contaminated, either boil it for at least 3 minutes, or filter it, or chemically treat it.
  • Take Care With Fires
    Portable fuel stoves are less harmful to the environment and are more efficient than fires. If you do use a fire, keep it small, use only dead wood and make sure it is out by dousing it with water and checking the ashes before leaving.
  • Camp Carefully
    When camping, leave no trace of your visit.
  • Keep to the Track
    By keeping to the track, where one exists, you lessen the chance of damaging fragile plants.
  • Consider Others
    People visit the backcountry and rural areas for many reasons. Be considerate of other visitors who also have a right to enjoy the natural environment.
  • Respect Our Cultural Heritage
    Many places in New Zealand have a spiritual and historical significance. Treat these places with consideration and respect.
  • Enjoy Your Visit
    Enjoy your outdoor experience. Take a last look before leaving an area; will the next visitor know that you have been there?

Protect the environment for your own sake, for the sake of those who come after you, and for the environment itself.

Sutherland Falls Milford Track

Great Walk Milford Track

Mitre Peak Milford Track

Mitre Peak Milford Track

Clinton River Great Walk Milford Track

Mason Bay Stewart Island

Mason Bay Stewart Island