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'Follow the Kiwi way' in great outdoors

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/12/2016

Leave gates as you find them, don't try to catch farm animals and always ask permission before going on private land.

That and other pieces of advice form part of the "follow the Kiwi way" call to domestic and overseas visitors heading into the great outdoors.

NZ Walking Access Commission chief executive Eric Pyle says visitor numbers peak during summer and this places additional stresses on some landholders and rural communities.

"Many New Zealanders and their families head into the outdoors over the holidays and we also see a spike in the number of international visitors coming to our country," he said.

"As a result, landowners have to contend with growing numbers of people walking and cycling in their areas and sometimes across their land, and this can create tensions."

The commission has developed a website - www.followthekiwiway.org.nz - with information about enjoying the New Zealand outdoors responsibly and respectfully.

Mr Pyle said: "By following the Kiwi way, we're making sure we can all continue to experience the best of what New Zealand has to offer."

THE KIWI WAY INCLUDES

* Asking permission before accessing private land

* Leaving gates as you find them

* Not damaging fences

* Not trying to catch or disturb farm animals or walking through crops

* Reporting any damage or injured animals to the landholder

* Taking extreme care with fires

* Taking all litter home

* Keeping dogs under control

* Being considerate when driving, cycling or horse riding

* Respecting sites of cultural significance to Maori.

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