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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