Tools & Guidelines


Good Practice Guidelines

Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) are for organised outdoor activities that are not currently covered by the Adventure Activities Regulations or the associated Activity Safety Guidelines (ASGs).

They are primarily designed for youth organisations, recreational clubs, schools, outdoor centres and commercial adventure operators and can be used by part-time and volunteer outdoor educators or instructors to help plan an activity. GPGs are particularly useful for programme managers who want to align their procedures and systems with generally accepted good practice.

Go to: to see the current GPGs and how they have been developed.

Adventure Activities Regulations

The Adventure Activities Regulations came into effect on 10 October 2010, and require all adventure activity operators to be registered (unless exempt).

A public list of registered adventure activity operators is available on the WorkSafe website. In order to be registered, operators must pass a safety audit from an authorised auditor.


Worksafe have guidance on their website for PCBUs associated with adventure activities. This guidance has been developed to ensure that PCBUs fully understand the regulations and how they apply to activities they are involved with.

You can read the guidance here.

Worksafe also have a guide to writing health and safety documents for your workplace. This guide details good practices for how to write health and safety documentation, and is full of useful information and links.

Worksafe Guide to Writing Health and Safety Documents


The SupportAdventure website was initiated by the Tourism Industry Association (TIA) and Outdoors NZ to support outdoor recreation through providing resources, useful information, and industry-driven content.

We provide assistance to this website, which features activity safety guidelines, best practice information, safety management systems, helpful resources and information on the Adventure Activities Regulations.

NZ Mountain Bike Trail Design & Construction Guidelines


Mountain Biking has quickly become a mainstream sport, with a broad range of bike trails being developed all around New Zealand.

Projects are now being driven by land managers such as DOC, Iwi, local and regional councils and also private landowners, adding a more structured and professional approach to complement the well established volunteer based, club driven structure.

Often the project manager or engineer managing the project has no background in the sport, and the volunteer driver maybe light on the steps needed to produce a fit for purpose product.

This new guideline is intended to help all parties develop and clarify their understanding of the creative elements that go in to delivering a fun trail experience at each of the six different grades of difficulty.

This guideline gives a detailed and defined specification for new trails at each grade, and also provides a template for the maintenance and auditing of existing trails. Any organisation involved with developing, building, maintaining or auditing a trail is encouraged to use these guidelines - with the overriding goal for NZ being a level of consistency and continuity around trail grading to ensure a fantastic user experience.


Education Outdoors New Zealand

Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ) supports education outdoors and outside the classroom through provision of support, professional development, training, and resources for teachers that are linked to the guidelines for Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC).

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace is a movement that aims to minimise the impact of outdoor recreation on the environment. The site contains useful resources including lesson plans. They also have a handy booklet explaining their principles.

Mountain Safety Council

The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (NZMSC) has a variety of useful resources explaining techniques and strategies for keeping safe in the outdoors. While targeted at the general recreationist, there is useful material on this site for outdoor recreation providers as well.

Te Kete Ipurangi

Te Kete Ipurangi includes education outside the classroom (EOTC) resources and guidelines for teachers, principals, parents, family and outdoor recreation providers.

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