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Tramper's Minimum Impact Code

The aim of the code is to minimise your impact both on the environment and on other visitors to the area.

  • Plan your trip to minimise rubbish: avoid bottles and cans.
  • Pack out what you pack in: carry out all rubbish. Take a last look before you leave an area. Will other people be unaware of your presence?
  • Pick up rubbish. We all see the odd wrapper or other non-biodegradeable rubbish scrap. These things are often very lightweight, so why not pick up and pack out what you find?
  • Keep to formed tracks where provided: avoid taking short-cuts alongside the track, or trampling the vegetation.
  • Keep party sizes reasonable: large groups create degrading pressures on the environment, particularly at campsites.
  • Minimise campsite construction:
    • carry your own tent poles or use dead wood for poles,
    • never cut vegetation for bedding,
    • respect the privacy of others when choosing a campsite; if possible, locate campsite away from tracks and huts.
  •   Toilet wastes: dig a hole just within the top soil layer and well away from open water. After use, cover with soil and tramp earth in.
  •   Streams, lakes and tarns are everyone’s water supply. Avoid polluting them with soap, washing water, or food scraps.
  •   Use portable stoves rather than wood fires if possible. Dead wood is an important part of the natural cycle and is scarce in many places, particularly in sub-alpine areas. If you do use wood fires:
    • keep them small to conserve wood,
    • use only dead wood,
    • completely extinguish and bury ashes,
    • dismantle the fireplace after use, returning rocks to their natural places.
  •   Carry out your activities without undue noise or disturbance to others.
  •   Never blaze trees.
  •   Respect our cultural heritage. Many places have a spiritual and historical significance. Treat these places with respect.

Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints.

Here's the Department of Conservation page detailing good practice.

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"How funny it'll seem to come out among the people
that walk with their heads downwards! The Antipathies, I think –
..."but I shall have to ask them what the name of the country is, you know.
Please Ma'am, is this New Zealand or Australia?"

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