LEAVE NO TRACE NEW ZEALAND

Leave No Trace New Zealand seeks to educate and challenge the New Zealand public and visitors on how and why to minimise their environmental impacts while enjoying natural and cultural heritage areas.

The Leave No Trace programme's effectiveness lies in the universality of its message. We will take a proven and focused programme to a wide audience, running outreach for environmental awareness and stewardship.

Everyone is welcome to join our mission whether they be outdoor enthusiasts, land managers, other non-profit organisations or commercial partners. Become a supporter of leave no trace today.

THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF LEAVE NO TRACE

  • 1. PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE

    Kia tika mai te mahere, i mua i te haerenga Plan ahead by considering your goals and those of your group. Prepare by gathering local information, communicating expectations, and getting the technical skills, first aid knowledge, and equipment to make the trip a

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  • 2. TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE GROUND

    Kaua koe e kōtiti i ngā arahikoi, kia tika mai koe te wāhi, hopuni ai What effect does a footstep have? The answer is, it depends! A footstep means different things to a young tree or pasture, to leaf litter or fragile soil, to a gravelly river bank or rain forest

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  • 3. DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY

    Kaua koe e tukinotia i a Papatuānuku “Man is the conscious mind of Mother Earth and plays a vital part in the regulation of her life support systems and man’s duty is to enhance and sustain those systems” – Rev Maori Marsden & Te Aroha

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  • 4. LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND

    Kaua koe e raweketia ngā wāhi tapu,me ngā wāhi motuhake rānei People visit natural areas for many reasons, among them to explore nature’s mysteries and surprises. When we leave rocks, shells, plants, feathers, fossils, artefacts and other objects of interest as

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  • 5. MINIMISE THE EFFECTS OF FIRE

    Me tupato koe ki ngā ariā o te ahi Fires destroy important natural areas each year, including surprisingly wetlands. Many of these fires are either carelessly or accidentally set by uninformed campers and travellers. Large uncontrolled wildfires set

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  • 6. RESPECT WILDLIFE AND FARM ANIMALS

    Me kauanuanu koe ki ngā kararehe katoa Encounters with wildlife inspire wonder. Unfortunately, wildlife in New Zealand faces threats from loss and fragmentation of habitat, invasive species, pollution, over-exploitation, poaching and disease. Our parks and reserves

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    7. BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS

    Me whaiwhakaaro koe, ki ētahi atu Today, we must consider the rights of traditional land owners as well as share the wilderness with people of all recreational persuasions. There is simply not enough country for every category of enthusiast to have exclusive use of

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