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.

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 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.