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Paper Roads and Public Access

Paper roads are relatively widespread across New Zealand farmland.  They are more precisely called ‘unformed legal roads’ and have the same legal status as any other legal road.  This means that the public can pass and re-pass over them on foot, on horseback or in vehicles.  Up until now, the existence and location of paper roads have not been commonly known to the public.

The Walking Access Act 2008 was passed to provide the New Zealand public with free, certain and practical walking access to the outdoors.  It also  established the Walking Access Commission.  The Commission has developed an online Walking Access Mapping System (WAMS) to inform the public about land open to public access.

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To find out the location of paper roads, click here Walking Access Mapping System




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