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In Wānaka, we want to protect our beautiful home, that’s why we ask you to follow the Tiaki Promise and care for the people and this place for now and future generations. Please consider the below suggestions for responsible travelling.

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If you’re heading into the outdoors then it’s important that you know the land safety code. These 5 essential steps will help you stay safe while exploring around the Wānaka region.

  1. Choose the right trip for you
  2. Understand the weather
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help
  5. Take care of yourself and each other

There are lots of ways to share your plans such as You can also write down the information on paper for your trusted person, email them, text them, or use the outdoor intentions form.

There are a number of rules and regulations around flying drones including CAADepartment of Conservation and the local council.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have permission to fly your drone where you want it to go. The regulations for flying drones are listed below but in effect you can not fly a drone anywhere around Wānaka except over your own private property without a permit.

All open spaces around Wānaka are either QLDC parks and reserves, Department of Conservation land or private property.

  • QLDC – isn’t giving approvals for remote controlled aircraft (including drones) to fly over any parks, reserves and roads at present, unless it is for a Commercial Film permit and the operator is certificated under Rule 102 of the Civil Aviation Act.
  • Department of Conservation – you must have a concession from DOC to fly a drone (of any size) on public conservation land (including National Parks) for any reason, including private and non-commercial use.
  • Private property – You must not fly your aircraft over any property unless prior consent has been obtained from any persons occupying that property or the property owner
  • Around airports and aerodromes – you must get an agreement from the aerodrome operator before flying your unmanned aircraft within 4 km of their aerodrome – see map
  • Over people – you must not fly over people unless you have their consent
  • Controlled airspace – there are a number of areas in New Zealand that are restricted or controlled airspace where you must get permission to fly. See the map here


Keep to roads and tracks, leave no trace, respect the wildlife and camp only where permitted.

Pack it in, pack it out. Remove all rubbish including human waste. Check out this page to find out how to dispose of human waste properly in the outdoors.

Keep left, stay alert and take breaks.

Know before you go, the five simple rules of the Land Safety Code to help you stay safe.

Respect our culture; wait your turn and give others time and space to enjoy their visit.

For much of the year, there is a prohibited fire season due to the dry conditions. Check before making any fires that it is permitted to do so.