Access to our outdoor environment


As New Zealanders, we are all rightfully proud of our pristine natural environment.

National will ensure that all Kiwis continue to enjoy access to our great outdoors, and we will prioritise upgrading and expanding our walking tracks, huts and camp grounds.

National will also work to expand the opportunities available for New Zealanders to enjoy our own backyard, by building new Great Walks and expanding our National Park network.

National will:

  • Guarantee freedom of entry to all public conservation land, and ensure that DoC huts, walking tracks and camping grounds are maintained to a high standard.
  • Begin work to establish two new National Parks – one on the Coromandel Peninsula and one in the Catlins.
  • Build two new Great Walks, including one along the Kaimai Range from Mt Te Aroha to SH29.

National supports a strong, sensible approach to conservation. We want a conservation system that is capable of managing the many competing demands for land use in New Zealand and can make sensible, pragmatic decisions about the long-term conservation of our natural resources, the promotion of biodiversity and the protection of our native flora and fauna. A National Government will continue to support the outstanding work carried out by the Department of Conservation (DoC) and will work to ensure the system is functioning as efficiently and effectively as it can to benefit all New Zealanders.

National will:

  • Ensure DoC remains focused on its core conservation functions of land management, pest and predator control, and the promotion of biodiversity.
  • Amend the National Park management plans to allow for more recreational and commercial activities where these deliver a net conservation gain.
  • Provide an opportunity for limited grazing on Crown pastoral lease land that has been through tenure review, provided there is a net conservation benefit from that activity and a net financial benefit to the Crown.