Everyone has responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act and many operators are legally required to have an external audit by a regulator, such as WorkSafe NZ, Maritime NZ or Civil Aviation NZ. 

It's good practice for every adventure operator to have an external safety audit, whether or not you are legally required to.

This section outlines some of the key legislation that applies to the adventure tourism and commercial outdoor recreation sectors. Please note that this is not a definitive list. If you know of anything useful to add, please contact us

Interpretation of legislation can be difficult. If you need assistance, please contact aao@worksafe.govt.nz.