Get Outdoors Week: Encouraging Kiwis to enjoy the natural environment of Aotearoa

Get Outdoors Week (GO Week) returns for another year from 20 – 28 November.

Led by Recreation Aotearoa, GO Week is a national campaign that encourages Kiwis to get out and explore the great outdoors. The week is an opportunity for Kiwis to try something new, enjoy outdoor adventures with friends and whānau, and bask in the environmental treasures of Aotearoa.

It’s also a chance for outdoor activity operators to promote their businesses and share their passion for the outdoors with the wider community.

Recreation Aotearoa Outdoors Programme Manager, Jen Riley, says: “No adventure is too big or too small, as long as you’re doing it safely and with respect to the natural environment.”

“Getting outdoors is proven to be beneficial for our physical and mental wellbeing, and with the curve balls the world has thrown us, it's more important than ever to take care of our waiora. We would love to see as many Kiwis as possible getting outside and reaping the benefits of fresh air and physical activity.”

GO Week has the backing of a number of leading outdoor recreation, tourism, and safety organisations in Aotearoa, including the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council, DOC, Further Faster, Ngā Haerenga Great Rides of New Zealand, Hunting & Fishing New Zealand, the Game Animal Council, Holiday Parks New Zealand, Pest Free Kaipātiki, and Water Safety New Zealand.

There are a number of different ways Kiwis can get involved and share their support for GO Week this year.

  • Getting outdoors and sharing your adventure on social media, using#GOWeekNZ will put you in the draw to win daily prizes.
  • Take part in an organised Get Outdoors Week or partner event - find them all here - we'll be adding more as the week approaches.
  • Host a Get Outdoors Week event - tell us about your event here.

“We hope that Kiwis everywhere will take part in whatever way they can this year. We know there is uncertainty surrounding current alert levels and movement limitations for many of us. But that doesn't mean you can't connect with the outdoors - you may not be able to participate in that rock climbing course, but you can still wander around your local park or set up camp in the backyard,” says Riley.

For more information, free tools, and resources to help you plan and prepare for an awesome adventure head to

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