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Dep’t of Conservation: Practice Responsible Outdoor Recreation in New Zealand

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Another year, another summer anchored in a bucket-list destination. New Zealand landscape offers an enormous playground for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. However, it does require attention and care.

According to a report, Aotearoa’s landscapes are often described as rugged and untouched. However, they’re actually different up close and personal.

While the comparatively isolated islands might appear to be a bit hearty when compared to the rest of the world’s tourist destinations, New Zealand’s scenery is actually delicate and fragile.

As all recreation alters landscapes, consciously reimagining outdoor spaces could keep them preserved for many years to come, allowing future generations more to take in the beauty of Aotearoa.

With the rise of domestic travel, the Department of Conservation (DoC) released a visitor information study citing that between November 2020 and May 2021, 78% of New Zealanders had visited one or more outdoor environments, and it is more crucial than ever before to preserve the environment responsibly.

Whether from lack of respect for the outdoors or a lack of understanding on how to sustainably recreate, there have been numerous instances of negative impacts upon nature and the New Zealand landscape for years.

From the indefinite closure of the Northland Mermaid Pools due to litter to ecological disasters that are exacerbated through human carelessness, like track erosion and kauri dieback, the effects of negligence by humans can have lasting effects.

A report mentioned Lynnell Greer, DoC’s heritage and visitors director, who said that responsible recreation begins with the Tiaki Promise.

DoC asks that everyone heading outdoors makes a commitment to Aotearoa by following the Tiaki Promise: protecting nature, being prepared, keeping New Zealand clean, and showing respect. Importantly, give wildlife plenty of space and never feed birds such as kea.”

Other care codes, such as the seven principles of Leave No Trace, can be applied to help walkers and trampers respect the environment and those they share it with.

DoC manages more than 14,000km of tracks across New Zealand, and with border restrictions in place, there is no shortage of quieter hidden gems to reward those who take the time to investigate first,” Greer added.

One of the best ways to appreciate nature is to participate in the activities. Take a break from your electronics and enjoy the surroundings while enjoying the environment, wildlife, and being mindful of other recreationists.

Making sure to take care of the surroundings while taking in its beauty is a sure method to ensure that there’s plenty of nature’s beauty in New Zealand to enjoy for the years to come.

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