Toitu te whenua
In English: Leave the land undisturbed.
When touring New Zealand, we strongly urge you to practice “no trace” camping, hiking or biking.
Please, try to follow our Environmental Care Code at all times to minimise the impact on our natural heritage:
Protect plants and animals
Treat New Zealand’s forests and birds with care and respect. They are unique and often rare.
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.
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.
People visit the back country 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.
Kauri Die Back Disease
A terrible disease has been spreading through our North Island Kauri forests, causing these magnificent and ancient trees to die in unprecedented numbers.
While experts are still grappling to fully understand the disease, we now know that contaminated footwear and other outdoor equipment has contributed significantly to the issue.
Anyone entering the northern forests of New Zealand must ensure they scrub outdoor equipment, particularly shoes, boots and mountain bike tyres, with approved steriliser both before and after entering the bush.
Clean stations and information boards have been erected at the entrance and exit to most of the tracks around the Auckland region, with further containment measures expected over the coming weeks.
Visitors are now also being urged to stay away from the Waitakere Ranges in Auckland (one of the worst affected areas) to help the forest recover. The local Maori collective placed a ‘rahui’ in this area at the end of 2017, which means respecting the forest and staying away from the area completely.
Please ask us for recommendations on other forests you can visit during your visit to Auckland.