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Good Practice Guides

Outdoor Projects manager Rob MacLean along with Fiona McDonald from EONZ and consultants David Mangnall and Mark Smith have been working on developing Good Practice Guides for activities that don’t meet the threshold for the Adventure Activity Safety Regulations (and therefore don’t have Adventure Safety Guidelines). These guidelines are designed as an update to the Sport NZ Safety Guidelines for Outdoor Activities or ‘Red Book’ developed by Stu Allen.

We have been extremely fortunate to received funding from NZRA, EONZ, the Tourism Industry Trust of NZ and Scouts to develop these guidelines. Over the next 12 months we hope to develop guidelines for the following activities with more to follow next year:
  • Overnight Camping
  • Floating (flat/slow water rafting, paddling, canoeing etc)
  • River activities (swimming, rope swings, diving etc)
  • Low ropes/confidence courses (<3m)
  • Adventure Based Learning including night games and wide games
  • Land Travel (tramping, daywalking, orienteering/rogaining/adventure racing)
  • Trail biking (particularly MTB)
So far we have developed a template and draft guidelines for overnight camping, floating and river activities. We hope to circulate these to interested parties for comment over the next few weeks. If you are interested in being consulted on these guidelines please email

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