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When heading into the outdoors, there are a few simple steps to help minimise your impact on the natural environment and cultural heritage areas.
Plan and prepare
Much of this was covered on the page Enjoy your hikoi safely!. Making sure you have the information, skills, and gear you need will make your trip a success. But what does this have to do with reducing impacts on the environment? Here are some examples:
Some areas are more fragile than others. Choose to camp and travel on the most durable surface you can. Damage to fragile natural features caused by travel and camping can take many years to heal. Examples of durable ground are:
When you plan to head out into nature, be ready to carry your litter with you. There are no rubbish bins in the bush. The saying is: “Pack it in, pack it out”. And do a good deed by picking up any rubbish you see, even if it isn’t yours.
We all have a responsibility to clean up after ourselves in the outdoors. This includes both rubbish and toilet waste.
When we leave natural objects and artifacts as we find them, we pass the gift of discovery on to those who follow. It is tempting to take things like rocks, shells, plants, fossils, and other interesting natural objects, but if everyone keeps taking or disturbing them it leaves less for others to see.
Modern camping equipment means we don’t need to light a campfire. A campfire is more likely to get out of control and accidentally start a wildfire. Campfire remains also make natural areas unsightly.
There are some places where fires are allowed, but make sure you check and follow the rules.
A lot of New Zealand’s wildlife is under threat. We don’t need to add to these problems! It is important not to feed human food to animals or get too close to wildlife. These actions can change the natural behaviour of wildlife.
We also need to respect farm animals if moving through farmland. Walk in single file without driving them.
We all go outdoors for different reasons, so we must share. Consider others, and what they might be trying to get out of their outdoor experience.
We also need to consider the people whose land we may be passing through. Don't cross private land unless you have permission from the landholder. Leave gates as you find them and don't damage fences.
Leave No Trace | Toitū te Whenua
More information and videos about the seven principals.
Take your litter with you
Help keep our natural environment free of litter which harms our environment, soil, waterways and wildlife - DOC.
Poo in a loo - and be prepared for when there isn't one
Toilet tips for the outdoors on the DOC website.
Lighting fires on public conservation land
Find out when and where you can light fires at huts, campsites and in the backcountry on public conservation land.