Land access

Owning a four wheel drive (4x4) vehicle provides a wonderful way to explore and enjoy some of New Zealand's lesser public, private roads and farms.

The NZFWDA will endeavour to advocate and promote our recreation to Government and public land managers such as the Department of Conservation (DOC), Landcorp, regional councils and other local bodies.

Ensuring that we all continue to be able to enjoy these many and varied opportunities, is the responsibility of all four wheelers. In an era where the words ‘environmental sustainability' are a catch-cry, four wheeling does not have an ideal public image. To ensure that our recreation and sport gets the support needed to ensure our access to public land, there needs to be a raised awareness of what is needed to demonstrate our recognition of sustainability.

Care Code

As part of that, the NZFWDA have adopted the DOC ‘Care Code'.

  • Avoid sensitive areas. Alpine landscapes, swamps, waterways, sand dunes and riverbeds are easily damaged by vehicles.
  • Abide by the laws and regulations covering all vehicles and drivers.
    Stay on roads. Avoid widening them.
  • Keep the environment clean. Take all your rubbish with you.
  • Respect wildlife, look but don't disturb. Keep your distance.
  • Find out if a permit is required for access. If your trip crosses private land, obtain permission.
  • Leave gates as you found them
  • Always thoroughly clean your vehicle before and after trips to avoid spreading weeds and diseases.
  • Respect the rights of others for quiet enjoyment. Avoid noisy driving. Give way to walkers, cyclists, horse riders and others.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected. Drive at a speed which will allow you to stop if a hazard arises.
  • If winching is necessary, use another vehicle as an anchor. If you must use a tree, use webbing or padding to prevent damage to the tree.
  • Cross waterways with care. Use designated crossings where possible.

Farms and Health & Safety At Work Act 2015

See the attached documents below to read about the Farms and Health & Safety At Work Act 2015

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